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2/13/2013 4:32:00 PM
Suspicious car identified in church fire
Bethany UMC in Summerfield believed target of arson
Fire damaged Bethany United Methodist Church on Feb. 13.
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Fire damaged Bethany United Methodist Church on Feb. 13.

The Rockingham Fire Marshal, Rockingham Sheriff's Office and N.C. Bureau of Investigations are asking for the public's help in finding a vehicle that was seen near the scene of a fire on Feb. 13.

Between 8:00 and 8:15 a.m., an early 2000s model Nissan Altima was seen in the vicinity of Bethany United Methodist Church, located at 316 Witty Road in Summerfield.

A fire, believed to be intentionally caused, was set at around that time at the church's storage building, which was located behind the church. The storage building was destroyed and the church's roof overhang received moderate damage.

The vehicle, which is silver, might have Virginia license plates.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has a reward for up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the rash of church fires in Stokesdale, Oak Ridge and Summerfield from Dec. 22, 2012 to Feb. 13.

Anyone with information should contact the ATF Greensboro Field office at 235-4900, the ATF Arson Hotline at (888) 283-3473, the NCSBI Tip Line at (800) 334-3000, Rockingham County Sheriff's Office at (336) 634-3232 or the Rockingham County Fire Marshal's Office at 634-3014.

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