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Fire at Black Church in Ga. Ruled Arson

Fire at God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Ga.
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Fire at God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Ga.
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For the second time this week, a black church has reportedly been set on fire, this time in Georgia, The Telegraph reports.

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According to the report, arson investigators are still awaiting test results from the scene of the fire at God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Ga. However, fire Sgt. Ben Gleaton told the news site that other factors have made Macon-Bibb County firefighters suspect arson. The report notes that the front door of the church was wired shut and locked when firefighters arrived at the scene, but a side door was unlocked.

The fire started Tuesday morning at the predominantly black church—the day before a fire at a black church in North Carolina, which is also suspected to be the work of an arsonist.

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Although North Carolinian investigators are trying to determine whether the fire is a hate crime, Gleaton said that there was no evidence of a hate crime in this case.

The fires come a week after Dylann Storm Roof allegedly opened fire at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., killing nine people, including its pastor, Clementa Pinckney. His funeral is being held Friday in South Carolina; President Barack Obama is expected to deliver the eulogy.

Read more at The Telegraph.

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