SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - An early morning fire destroyed a church under construction in the Sixteen Acres section of Springfield. Fire crews were first called around 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday to the Macedonia Church of God in Christ at 215 Tinkham Road.22news cameras captured the steeple crashing down as the fire continued to burn the church to the ground. The predominantly black church was destroyed by fire just hours after Barack Obama's landmark victory, triggering concerns that the building was purposely set ablaze in a possible hate crime.
Springfield Fire Department Spokesman Dennis Leger said three firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze.Bishop Bryant Robinson Jr. told 22News the church was one year into construction and was expected to open in the spring of 2009. Leger estimated about $2.5 million in damage to the church. He said the Arson & Bomb Squad is investigating the cause of the fire.
ATF NATIONAL RESPONSE TEAM ACTIVATEDTO SPRINGFIELD
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with ATF special agents from the across New England have entered into the investigation of a fire that occurred on Nov. 5, 2008 at 3:00 AM, at the Macedonia Church of God and Christ at the request of State Fire Marshall Stephen Coan. NRT Team Leader Tom Rooney said that the approximate 13,000 square foot structure, located in the 200 block of Tinkham Road was completely destroyed.
A brand new (Black) church under construction, just up and burns to the ground within three hours of Obama making his speech in Chicago, smells like 60's night riders reincarnated and on the prowl, again !