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Cambridge Church Fire Under Investigation as Arson

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 5:11 PM -04:00 Updated:

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Neighbors are shocked after a fire broke out at the doorstep of Refuge Temple Church of God in Cambridge on Tuesday morning. Church members quickly put out the fire, and as of Wednesday, the Maryland State Fire Marshal is continuing the investigation as suspected arson.

The foot-long burn mark, wood chipping and plastic melted away, is now part of the church entrance. Church Administrator Sputty Cephas believes it wasn't a targeted act.

"I'm 99.9, plus another 100 on top of that, percent confident that it was just someone being funny," Cephas said. "I'm confident it wasn't anything more than somebody just being funny or whatever and this is the first place they could have done it."

One church member tells WBOC a neighbor called around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning after spotting a small fire sputtering from the entrance. More church members were able to extinguish the fire and later found a piece of lighted plywood.

Gary Young, who lives across the street from the church, says it's unusual.

"I'm really shocked that it happened here," Young said. "I've been here 30 plus years and nothing major happens. It's a good neighborhood to live in."

Both Young and Refuge Temple church members say they aren't scared. Cephas hopes whoever's responsible will come forward to the church and forward with answers.

"You're always welcome to come," Cephas said with a laugh. "You're always welcome."

The State Fire Marshal says there are no leads as to who might be responsible. Anyone with information is urged to call the State Fire Marshal's Lower Eastern Region Office at 410-713-3780.

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