Breaking News
More () »

Hocking Co. Church Fire Declared Arson; Reward Offered For Information

Investigators say the blaze that demolished a church was intentionally set. Learn more.

Investigators said Saturday that a fire that leveled a church was intentionally set.

The South Bloomingville Christian Church, located along state Route 664, caught fire around 3 a.m. Friday.

In all, 19 firefighters responded to the scene, but there was no saving the church. All that remains of the structure are the front steps and a wall.

Bishop Scott Davis said that he believed the church was a target of hate crime because the church was openly accepting of the LGBT community.

Davis said that he purchased the church two years ago from a member of the community.

Investigators offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information about the person responsible for the blaze. The Division of State Fire Marshal encouraged anyone with information to call 1-800-589-2728.

Watch 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for more information.