Tuesday, 14 November 2017 10:47

Catawba County Church Fire Ruled As Case Of Arson

Catawba County Church Fire Ruled As Case Of Arson WHKY Staff Photo Courtesy of Fentress Fountain

The fire Monday morning (November 13) at Providence Baptist Church in Catawba County has been ruled as arson. Fire departments from three counties responded to the fire at approximately 2 a.m. yesterday. The church is located on Providence Road in Vale.

No injuries were reported but investigators immediately considered the fire suspicious after finding the phrase  “anti-gay hate group” spray painted behind the church. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office issued a news release today stating that the fire has been ruled as arson.

The fire began in the rear basement area of Providence Baptist Church where Sunday school classes and a nursery are located. A prayer service was held at the church last night.

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