SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Reports say the homes and church were vacant at the time of the fire, and no injuries have been reported.
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Holden Matthews, 21, faces arson charges in connection with the blazes in and around Opelousas, a city of 16,000 where the flame-gutted remains of the buildings evoked memories of civil rights era violence.
(RNS) — Investigators are trying to determine if the three fires at historic Baptist churches in Opelousas and Port Barre are related or if any of them are tied to a blaze at a Pentecostal church in the town of Vivian.
(RNS) Thousands of people pledged to raise money for Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville by midday Thursday (Nov. 3), far exceeding the original goal of $10,000.
ST. LOUIS — Although the locations of the fires in predominantly African-American neighborhoods gave rise to speculation that the motive might be race-related, the suspect is black.