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article imageSuspicious fire damages Sarah Palin's church

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Dec 14, 2008 in Crime
A suspicious fire at Wasilla Bible Church where Sara Palin attends had an estimated $1 million in damage done to it Friday night. Palin is the former Republican vice presidential candidate.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Wasilla Bible Church, the home church of Alaska's Gov. Sarah was severely damaged by arson on Friday night.
No one was injured but there were several people inside the church at the time, including two children. Gov. Palin was not there.
James Steele, the Central Mat-Su fire chief said the fire is being investigated as an arson. The damage to the building is estimated at $1 million. Steekd said he is not aware of any recent threats to the church. The authorities do not know if the fire had anything to do with Palin attending there.
Steele said, "It's hard to say at this point. Everything is just speculation."
At the time of the fire there was a small group of women inside working on crafts. The fire was set at the church's entrance and the women were alerted by a fire alarm.
The governor's office issued this statement Saturday, "Governor Palin stopped by [Wasilla Bible Church] this morning, and she told an assistant pastor that she apologizes if the incident is in any way connected to the undeserved negative attention the church has received since she became a vice-presidential candidate on August 29. Whatever the motives of the arsonist, the governor has faith in the scriptural passage that what was intended for evil will in some way be used for good."
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