State Fire Marshal: Macon Church Fire Was Arson

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- The state fire marshal's office says investigators have determined that arson caused a blaze that gutted a church sanctuary in south Macon.
In a statement Tuesday morning, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens' office announced the cause of the fire at Reaching Souls Cathedral of Praise Apostolic Church.
Flames tore through the church's roof early Monday morning. Macon-Bibb fire investigator Sgt. Ben Gleaton says the building was gutted and its side brick wall was in danger of collapse.
Gleaton said the flames spread to an adjacent social hall that is connected by a common hallway. A church bus parked between the buildings was also charred along the roof.
There were no reports of injuries in the fire.


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