It would be know surprise if the fires were started to gain insurance money or by blacks to gain publicity. Three black churches in a Louisiana parish will conduct services Sunday in different locations after fires over 10 days destroyed their historic buildings. Congregations will meet in temporary places offered to them. All three fires are considered total losses.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have joined the investigation into the blazes -- from March 26 to Thursday -- in rural St. Landry Parish near Baton Rouge.
"We believe these three fires are suspicious," State Fire Marshal H. Browning said in a CNN report. "We are falling short of talking about what caused the fires, falling short of saying they are related, however cognizant that there is a problem and no coincidence that there are three fires."