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Posted: 9:40 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Police said the fire that destroyed a Charlotte neighborhood church was set intentionally. Pastor Andrea Walkers says she was at work when she found out her church, Devine Destiny of Trinity Jubilee in the Hemphill Heights neighborhood, was on fire. "It's hard to see, you know, something like this could happen and in the twinkling of an eye it could be gone, so it's hard," Walker said. Police said Thursday someone intentionally set the building on fire. It has severe smoke and water damage. The pastor said Friday the church here was built more than a hundred years ago and has more than 50 members. Walker said the arson will force the church to relocate. "Lives have been changed in this little small church here," she said. Elizabeth Samuel lives down the street and says she attended the church as a child. She, too, can't believe it's gone. "It hurts. It really hurts," Samuel said. "I just felt like crying when I heard that church had been set one fire." While investigators work to determine who started the fire, Walker said she will begin holding fundraisers to try and rebuild the church she said was historic. "I know that there is a purpose in everything. It's going to be OK. I just pray for those involved," Walker said. Church members said they were told the fire started in the back of the church. Police are still looking for who started the fire.
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