Alabama Church Fire

A federal official says a fire this weekend that did minor damage to a small church does not appear to be linked to a string of suspected arsons at 10 rural churches in Alabama.

Officials say investigators believe the fire at the Chapman’s Chapel in Glencoe, in northeast Alabama was started by someone from the area and doesn't appear to be related to the other fires in central and west Alabama.

The acting chief of the Glencoe Police Department, Johnny Chambers, says members of the joint federal-state task force investigating the church arsons were asked to review the blaze.

Authorities say the Glencoe fire appeared to have started by someone throwing a fire bomb against the building.

The other fires mostly appeared to be set inside the church, near the pulpit.

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