Charlotte church fire intentionally set Wednesday

CHARLOTTE (WBTV) – A church fire that sent one firefighter to the hospital and injured another Wednesday morning was intentionally set, the Charlotte Fire Department says.

More than 75 firefighters responded the fire at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church around 3 a.m. One of the two firefighters who suffered heat-related injuries was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main.

Part of Briar Creek Road was closed due to the fire. Ayesha Lewis, minister at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church, said summer classes were supposed to start today but have now been canceled.

Officials are asking anyone with information in the arson case to call investigators at 704-336-2441 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest, officials say.

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