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Catawba Co church fire may be 'intentional,' hate speech found behind building

Caroline Hicks | WBTV Caroline Hicks | WBTV
Caroline Hicks | WBTV Caroline Hicks | WBTV
Caroline Hicks | WBTV Caroline Hicks | WBTV
Caroline Hicks | WBTV Caroline Hicks | WBTV
VALE, NC (WBTV) -

No one was hurt in a church fire in Catawba County Monday morning. 

The fire happened at the Providence Baptist Church on Providence Road in Vale. The church had extensive smoke damage. 

The pastor of the church is concerned that the fire may have been intentionally set. Hate speech was found spray-painted behind the church that read "Anti-Gay Hate Group." 

The FBI and ATF ruled the fire as arson Monday evening.

The church is expected to hold a prayer service Monday night at 6 p.m. 

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