SLED: Juvenile charged in Andrews church fire case

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The Spirit Filled Ambassadors for Christ Church believes someone set multiple fires inside its building Sunday (photos from SFAC)

ANDREWS, SC (WBTW) – A juvenile has been arrested in connection with a fire at a church in Andrews, according to SLED.

Pastor Deshawn Rouse of the Spirit-Filled Ambassadors of Christ Church tells us that SLED called him to say that a 15-year-old confessed to setting the fires.

According to Tommy Crosby with SLED, a juvenile has been charged in the case and the investigation is ongoing.

Rouse says the fires were set in the church’s multicultural center which houses the executive center, Sunday school, children’s church and hosts special events. The building will have to be gutted but the main structure is still sound.

Rouse says the 15-year-old suspect was not a member of the church but had visited a few times.

No one was hurt in the fire. The church posted a number of pictures from the incident.

Christmas service was postponed but regular services resumed on Sunday, according to Rouse.

Rouse says the church will file an insurance claim as well as creating a GoFundMe page to cover the cost of repairs.

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