Pastor Larry Kroon says a fire broke out Friday night at the Wasilla Bible Church while a small group of women were there working on crafts. Thanks to the church's fire alarm, they were able to safely leave the building, and the sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading beyond offices and classrooms.
Kroon estimates damages at more than $1 million to the church and says authorites have told him that the fire is being investigated as a crime. The pastor declined to say if the blaze was politically based or directed at former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the congregation's most well-known member.
From Anchorage television station KTUU:
In a written statement... Palin, "told an assistant pastor that she apologizes if the incident is in any way connected to the undeserved negative attention the church has received since she became a vice presidential candidate on Aug. 29. Whatever the motives of the arsonist, the governor has faith in the scriptural passage that what was intended for evil will in some way be used for good."