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Small fire at church causes little damage

February 21, 2006

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— Authorities say it's not likely that a minor fire at Chapman's Chapel in Glencoe is linked to a string of suspected arsons that have damaged or destroyed 10 Alabama churches.

It's similar, though. Like the other ones that burned, the church is small, with fewer than 20 members, and isolated. "You can't see it from the road," said Johnny Chambers, acting chief of the town's police department.

But the church is about 75 miles northeast of the nearest of the previous fires, and the fire began outside the building near the ground. The earlier blazes were started inside, mostly near the pulpit.

Officials are still investigating the other fires.

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