Arson suspected in fire at Palin's church
By WESLEY LOY and S.J. KOMARNITSKY Anchorage Daily News
Published: December 13th, 2008 11:03 AM
Last Modified: December 13th, 2008 04:57 PM
WASILLA - An overnight fire at Gov. Sarah Palin's church caused an estimated $1 million in damage, and investigators say it could be the work of an arsonist.Firefighters were called to Wasilla Bible Church about 9:40 p.m. Friday and found flames and smoke coming out windows at the back of the three-story structure, said James Steele, chief of the Central Mat-Su Fire Department.
Five women were inside the church working on crafts, and possibly two children, but everyone escaped unharmed after a fire alarm alerted them to trouble, Steele said.
"We are definitely treating it as suspicious and as potential arson at this point," he said.
Steele declined to provide details on why investigators believe the fire might have been set deliberately, or whether accelerants were found on the scene.Palin's office issued this statement today:
"Gov. Palin stopped by the 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 Aug. 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."