CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- A June 24 fire at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., has been ruled arson. Investigators are trying to determine whether the fire at the mainly African American congregation was also a hate crime.
No one was in the Southern Baptist church at the time of the 1 a.m. fire that took 14 fire engines and 75 firefighters more than an hour to get under control, the Charlotte Observer newspaper reported on the day of the fire. Two firefighters were treated for heat-related injuries, one onsite and the other as an outpatient at an area hospital. Read More