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Arson suspected at vacant Millen church
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MILLEN — State fire officials say a fire that destroyed a vacant church appears to have been intentionally set.

Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says a fire early Sunday morning destroyed Carswell-Grove Baptist Church.

Officials say the church has a mostly African-American congregation and the building was constructed in the 1920s. Investigators say the church had been vacant since 2008 when a newer building was constructed on the same property.

Hudgens says a reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Hudgens asks tipsters to call the state arson hotline at (800) 282-5804.


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