Officials investigate suspicious church fire in northwest Georgia

KINGSTON, Ga. (AP) — State arson investigators were investigating Georgia’s third church fire in less than two weeks early Friday.

The fire, which began around 2 a.m., destroyed Faith Baptist Church, said Glenn Allen, a spokesman for Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine.

A dozen firefighters were called in to battle the fire at the small church in northwest Georgia, Allen said. No injuries were reported.

Friday’s fire came just over a week after fires destroyed two churches on June 28 in Washington County, east of Macon. Those two fires — at Mount Sinai AME Church and Holy Springs Baptist Church — have been called arson fires.

Allen said it was too early to tell if the three fires might be connected.