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Fire Marshal: Three Early Morning Kent Co. Church Fires Connected, All Confirmed Arson

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FELTON, Del.- The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office believes three early morning church fires in Kent County are connected, and all are confirmed arson.

The call for the first fire came in around 2 a.m. Tuesday at Healing Hands Christian Church at 546 Berrytown Road near Felton. The church was fully involved when firefighters arrived, the Fire Marshal said.

"Around 2:30 one of my elders called me. When we got here, this is what I was able to see," said Wilbert Moorer, the church's pastor. "We need a place now for Sunday morning services. Right now, we don't have one. We're depending on God. We know God is a provider."

Moorer called the fire "heartbreaking," adding he wanted to cry but didn't.

While firefighters were on scene at Healing Hands, another call came in for a fire at Manship Chapel, at 4912 Burnite Mill Road in Felton. That's just a bit more than four miles away.

The Fire Marshal said the fire at Healing Hands resulted in about $75,000 worth of damage, while the fire at Manship Chapel was put out quickly, amounting to approximately $1,000 in damages.

According to the Fire Marshal, a third fire was called in at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at Laws Mennonite Church at 4874 Carpenter Bridge Road in Felton, and resulted in roughly $10,000 worth of damage.

"When I heard it, it was just so sad. I feel like it's a violation of my childhood and memories," said Christina Bontrager, who belongs to Laws Mennonite Church.

"Our people are going to roll up their sleeves. They'll pitch in. They'll get the church cleaned back up," said David Burkholder, a trustee at the church. "It's very odd that somebody here at the Christmas time would decide to burn churches. It baffles me as to why people would want to do that."

All three fires are believed to be connected. Investigators say there are "common denominators" but would not elaborate.

No one was inside any of the churches at the time of the fires, and no injuries were reported.

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