Six black churches burned within seven days, FBI investigating
Six different black churches have burned down within the last seven days, and at least three of them were not accidents.
Three of the attacks in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio have been confirmed to be arson, while the other three are under investigation, though the Southern Poverty Law Center believes this many church fires so close to one another “may not be a coincidence.”
Buzzfeed reports the FBI is investigating on whether or not the fires are in any way connected.
On Monday, the College Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville was burned down when, according to church sources, someone stacked bales of hay against the door and then lit them.
On Tuesday, the God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia, was hit by fire, and while authorities say it has the usual indicators of arson, they are still investigating.
On Wednesday, the Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, was hit by fire that authorities are sure was arson but have not yet released their evidence to show it.
On Wednesday, the Fruitland Presbyterian Church in Gibson County, Tennessee, also caught fire, and investigators have not yet ruled out arson.
On Friday, the Glover Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Warrenville, South Carolina, caught fire, and authorities have not yet announced whether or not it was arson.
On Saturday, the College Heights Baptist Church in Elyria, Ohio, caught fire, and authorities are still investigating the cause.
There was a seventh church fire, the Greater Miracle Temple in Tallahassee, Florida, but it is likely the fire was caused by a tree falling on power lines.