Three historically black churches have burned in less than two weeks in one south Louisiana parish (county), where officials said they had found “suspicious elements” in each case. The officials have not ruled out the possibility of arson, or the possibility that the fires are related. The three fires occurred on March 26, Tuesday and Thursday in St. Landry Parish, north of Lafayette. A fourth fire, a small blaze that officials said was “intentionally set,” was reported on Sunday at a predominantly black church in Caddo Parish, about a three-hour drive north. Local officials said that they were still investigating the fires, and did not say if they knew of any suspects, a motive, or whether racism was an element.
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