Over 100 local, state and Federal investigator have been put on the case…..
“My church has a lot of history,” he said, noting that it was more than 140 years old. “I don’t understand it. What could make a person do that to a church?”
Authorities are considering the same questions after Mount Pleasant became the third predominantly black church to burn down in Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish in the span of 10 days, setting local residents on edge. On March 26, flames reduced St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre to just a few walls and piles of rubble. And on April 2, a blaze struck the Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas.
Authorities have not determined a cause for the fires or established a connection, but they are being treated as crime scenes. State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning said at a Thursday news conference that “we believe that these there fires are suspicious,” adding that fire officials have identified “patterns” but declined to provide details. Multiple possibilities, including arson, were being investigated. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI were assisting with the case, he said.
“There is clearly something happening in this community,” Browning said in a statement on Thursday. “That’s why it’s imperative that the citizens of this community be part of our effort to figure out what it is.”….