A Mississippi church fighting to keep its doors open amid the coronavirus pandemic burned to the ground early Wednesday morning in what is being investigated as a suspected arson.
First Pentecostal Church in the northern Mississippi community of Holly Springs is described as a total loss after it burned down in a middle-of-the-night blaze.
WATN-TV reported firefighters arrived at the church after receiving a call about the fire at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
A message spray-painted on concrete outside of the church seemed to make mention of the congregation’s fight to worship freely as the church fought a government-imposed stay-at-home order.
”Bet you stay home now you hypokrits,” the painted message said.
“Bet you stay home now you hypokrits (sic)” was spray painted in front of the church. Investigators believe the North Mississippi church was set on fire intentionally. Read more here —> https://t.co/3qqW31VS5p pic.twitter.com/wAj0OmBsU9