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Federal agents assisting with investigation into fire intentionally set at York County church

A fire was set on the railroad tracks behind the church five days ago. Investigators believe the two are linked.
Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 1:15 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2021 at 5:40 PM EST
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YORK COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) – Federal investigators are assisting area law enforcement after someone intentionally set fire to a York County church.

According to York County officials, the fire started around 7 p.m. Wednesday at the New Life Seventh Day Adventist Church off Ogden Road in Rock Hill.

York County officials say suspects used rocks to break out windows of the church then used a rag to set a fire inside.

A firefighter arrived and found a broken window that had been smashed with a rock and something that was sticking out of the window which had been set on fire, officials said.

According to authorities, there was no significant damage inside. A door was damaged where firefighters had to force their way into the church, officials said.

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They added that a fire was set on the railroad tracks behind the church five days ago. Investigators believe the two are linked.

York County fire investigators said the fire at the church, which has a predominantly African-American and Hispanic congregation, does not appear to be racially motivated at this time.

Agents with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are all involved with the investigation, officials said.

They added that there are no suspects at this time.

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