Federal authorities are investigating church fires in two West Tennesse communities to determine if they were arsons.  Michael P. Knight, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said that the agency is investigating a fire at a Methodist church and at a non-denominational church.  Both fires occurred Wednesday.  One church was a total loss and the other was significantly damaged.

“The building is gone. The church isn’t,” pastor John Bonson of Trinity United Methodist told WMC-TV in Memphis, “This is an act of persecution if it’s arson…That, to me, is one of the worst things…”

The ATF is also investigating an attempted fire at a Baptist church in the same area.


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