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8:00 PM UPDATE -- Four West Alabama Churches Burn; Two Determined to be Arson

Churches Located in Pickens, Sumter and Greene Counties -- Two Destroyed

Contact: Ragan Ingram, Assistant Commissioner




Four rural, west Alabama churches suffered fires over night, two of which have been determined to be arson, according to the Alabama State Fire Marshals Office. Fire Marshals are investigating the scenes along with federal and local officials.

Additionally, the State Fire Marshals Office is asking sheriffs in west Alabama to step up patrols.

The fires are being investigated as suspected arson.

The churches and locations are:

Dancy Baptist Church, located south of Aliceville on Alabama Highway 17 -- damaged/ARSON

Spring Valley Baptist Church, located near Emelle in Sumter County on Alabama Highway 116 -- damaged/ARSON

Morning Star Baptist Church, located near Boligee in Greene County, on County Road 20 -- destroyed

Galilee Baptist Church, located near Panola in Sumter County -- destroyed