Walker County church fire ruled arson

photo Walker County Assistant Fire Chief Waymond Westbrook holds a sign he will put in the yard of the Garretts Chapel Baptist Church following the apparent arson of the 80 year-old building.

After losing their sanctuary to flames Sunday night, Garretts Chapel Baptist Church members had a second blow Tuesday when investigators told them the fire was started on purpose.

"It's just so heartbreaking to know somebody could do that to our church," said church secretary and pianist Donna Nave, her voice raspy.

Investigators believe the fire that destroyed the Walker County church of about 50 members intentionally was started in the hallway that connected the church's two buildings, Walker County Assistant Fire Chief Waymond Westbrook said.

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