Arson Suspected After Five Fires in Ten Days at Black Churches in St. Louis
Five black churches have been set ablaze in the St. Louis area over the last 10 days, a string of suspicious incidents that authorities are investigating as arsons.
The latest fire occurred on Saturday morning at the New Life Missionary Baptist Church in north St. Louis. Pastor David Briggs said he received word of the blaze at 5am and rushed to the church to find firefighters and investigators from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on the scene.
“The building was charred from the door all the way across the left side and up to the roof,” Briggs said. “The fire had been put out by the time I had gotten there, but the damage was pretty extensive.”
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