Cause of Alberta church fire not yet determined

STAFF

A church building in Alberta is a total loss following a fire this week, but was it intentionally set?

RCMP have been assigned to investigate a fire reported Thursday at The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Roman Catholic Church in Fort Chipewyan.  Some neighbors have speculated the fire could have been set intentionally because the church use to sit next to a residential school.

CBC has published photos of the fire HERE.

Only minor injuries were reported from as a result of the fire.

U.S.: Teen remains in custody following South Carolina church fire

JEFF TURNER

A minor accused of making a video of himself setting a South Carolina church on fire will remain in juvenile jail pending a competency hearing.

The teen, whose name is not released because of his age, appeared before the York County Family Court Tuesday. He’s accused of causing at least $40,000 damage in May to the Catawba Chapel AME Zion Church. He is charged with second-degree arson, malicious damage to a house of worship, Larceny, and burglary.

The fire was investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations and local sheriff’s deputies. Officials have not said what they believe the teen’s motive was for setting the fire.

Florida man accused of arson at Christian school

JEFF TURNER

A Florida man has been arrested after investigators say he set fires on the property of a Christian school.

Jail Records show Joshua James Gipson, of Perry, Florida, is charged with arson and criminal mischief resulting in property damage to a religious building for a fire at the Point of Grace Christian School. (Jail record posted below) A police report claims Gipson set fire to the school office and a bus. He is also accused of attempting to set fire to other vehicles on the property.

No motive behind the criminal act has been announced.

[+]806.01.1PPD22OFF006024 (PERRY POLICE DEPARTMENT)ARSONFF$0.00CASH$0.00
[+]806.01.2PPD22OFF006024 (PERRY POLICE DEPARTMENT)ARSONSF$30000.00CASH$0.00
[+]806.13.2PPD22OFF006024 (PERRY POLICE DEPARTMENT)DAMAGE PROP-CRIM MISCHTF$5000.00CASH$0.00
[+]810.02.2bPPD22OFF006024 (PERRY POLICE DEPARTMENT)BURGLFF$0.00CASH$0.00
[+]812.014.2c1PPD22OFF006024 (PERRY POLICE DEPARTMENT)LARCTF$0.00$0.00
[+]810.02.4aPPD22OFF006024 (PERRY POLICE DEPARTMENT)BURGLTF$0.00$0.00
[+]948.0622-45CF (TAYLOR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)PROB VIOLATIONNN$0.00$0.00
Information from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office Jail Division

U.S.: Arson investigators work to determine cause of Alabama church fire

JEFF TURNER

Arson investigators in Alabama are working to determine if a fire at a Baptist church was intentionally set.

The church building of New Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Hueytown, Alabama is a total loss as a result of a fire on 5 August.

Hueytown is a community of slightly more than 15,000 people.  The local fire department was assisted by firefighters from Bessemer, Alabama which is a larger neighboring city.

No injuries were reported.

The congregation plans to hold Sunday services at a nearby community center.

U.S. Baptist Church returns to sanctuary nearly a year after arson attack

TIMOTHY DUFF

A congregation in Montgomery, Alabama has returned to its sanctuary eight months after an arsonist attempted to burn it down.

(This Facebook post was made one day after the fire)

The church service began with the baptism of a young child who gave his life to Christ.

Federal authorities in the United States say Xiaoquin Yan, 27, set four fires inside the First Baptist Church of Montgomery on September 30, 2021. She’s now facing federal charges. If convicted on the federal charges, Yan faces a prison sentence of between 5-20 years in prison.

The church has served the Montgomery, Alabama area for nearly 200 years.