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Pastor: Church fire may have been 'intentionally set' after hate speech found

Posted November 13, 2017 7:34 a.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 2:06 p.m. EDT

Pastor: Church fire may have been 'intentionally set' after hate speech found

— No one was hurt in a church fire in Catawba County Monday morning.

According to WBTV, the fire happened at the Providence Baptist Church on Providence Road in Vale. The church had extensive smoke damage.

Pastor: Church fire may have been 'intentionally set' after hate speech found

The pastor of the church is concerned that the fire may have been intentionally set. Hate speech was found spray-painted behind the church which read "Anti-Gay Hate Group."

Deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office are investigating the fire.