The ATF has started investigating a series of arsons involving nine churches in rural areas of Alabama.
While there were no injuries in the any of the fires, two churches were destroyed, the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Greene County and the Dancee Baptist Church in Pickens County. Two other churches in Sumter County were damaged, the Galilee Baptist Church and the Spring Valley Baptist Church.
These fires, in conjuction with five fires in Bibb, Co., has caused the ATF to activate one of it's Natioal Response Teams (NRT), bringing the total number of ATF personnel on the scene to more than 50. Although all of the churches are Baptist, there are black and white churches burned. It is believed the fires were started by the same person(s) The fires were all started on the alter with a lighter.
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Agents investigating the Bibb County fire were looking for a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Nissan Pathfinder, in connection with the blazes.
At Boligee, Archibald said he was told by a resident that an SUV was seen running through an intersection near the church without stopping