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Food Pantry Fire Ruled Arson

Nearly two weeks ago, a fire destroyed the Middlefork Baptist Mission in Leslie County. Now authorities are looking for suspects after they determined the fire was set on purpose.

Authorities say someone set fire to the Middlefork Baptist Mission in Leslie County on February 13th.

Police say they are now looking for information in connection with the fire.

Pastor Ronnie Melton says nearby churches are offering support, but he says the fire at Middlefork Baptist Mission also has them on edge.

"It's got a lot of churches concerned about their own safety," Melton said.

Melton says he doesn't know if they'll rebuild or relocate.

Melton estimates the total cost of the fire is between six and eight thousand dollars.

Police say they don't have any suspects.

Authorities say there is no evidence that suggests the fire was religiously or racially motivated.


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