Raymond church fire was arson, officials say

| July 29, 2011

RAYMOND – A fire that severely damaged a historic church this week was set intentionally, state investigators said Wednesday.

The fire at the Raymond Hill Baptist Church was reported about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday by several people driving by on Raymond Hill Road, investigators said.

Firefighters from seven departments put out the fire in less than an hour, saving the white clapboard church from destruction. Still, the 177-year-old building suffered more than $200,000 in damage, officials at the scene estimated Wednesday.

The fire heavily damaged a back corner of the church, destroying an old electric organ and covering the arched ceiling with a gray tinge. Investigators would not say how the fire was set.

The building is insured, and church members said Wednesday they expect it to be repaired

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