December 13th, 2008
10:34 PM ET
12 years ago

Fire hits Palin's church in Alaska

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reportedly apologized for possibility that fire was related to her nomination."]
(CNN) - A "suspicious" fire devastated the church attended by Alaska Gov. and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Friday night in her hometown of Wasilla, the church's minister said.

"We have no idea what caused it," the Rev. Larry Kroon of the Wasilla Bible Church said Saturday, adding that investigators were considering arson and other possible causes.

A ladies' craft group was in the building when the fire broke out, but they got out safely, Kroon said.

"No one was hurt," he said.

Central Mat-Su Fire Department Chief James Steele said the department was "treating it as suspicious and as potential arson at this point" but did not elaborate, The Anchorage Daily News reported.

The newspaper said Palin released a statement after the fire in which she said she stopped by the church Saturday morning and offered an apology to the assistant pastor "if the incident is in any way connected to the undeserved negative attention the church has received since she became a vice presidential candidate."

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  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The Church Lady would ask "whooooo could it be? SATAN?!?"

    December 13, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. TyWebb

    Set by a witch doctor...

    December 13, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  3. Joe Fattal

    Good. The turkey got even. I still don't believe that both of them, her and Greta stood there for the interview in front of that turkey slaughter machine and they didn't knew about it.

    December 13, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  4. Tara C

    This is just awful! I am not a Sarah supporter politically, but she and the rest of the people in her congregation did not deserve this! They're in my thoughts and hopefully someone with some money will step up and offer to rebuild.

    December 13, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  5. Willy Brown

    Got to be those crack head america hating liberals who done this. Palin 2012!

    December 13, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |

    I guess God has once again given retribution to what's her name for all the lies and hate she told and provoked.

    First, on election night when Obama won and now the center of hate has burned!

    December 13, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  7. proudliberal-independent

    even witchdoctor churches deserve not to be burned. what's the matter with this country?

    December 13, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  8. Phil

    This idiot thinks it has to do with her FAILED V.P. run.lololololol Idiot did you ever think it could have been just the electrical?

    December 13, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. Edward

    I really hope that this has nothing to do with the fact that Sarah Palin attends this church. I voted for Obama but I think that Sarah Palin is a good person at heart and it would be pretty sad if someone feels the need to do something like this to make some sort of sad statement. Anyone who would chose to have a child who they know would be sick has a huge heart and deserve at least some respect based on that alone.

    December 13, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  10. inuk of the north


    Palin-hate and Palin-haters at work?

    Or just faulty wiring?

    Hopefully it's the wiring and not a new brand of church-burners.

    Church-burning should make everyone in America cringe.

    December 13, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  11. Kyle C.

    I do not like her politics at all but it is a shame that someone would do this. As humans, we all should be above this petty offenses

    December 13, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  12. Anee

    No why should she apologize?? She thinks its all about her? Get a life woman!!

    December 13, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  13. gabba

    And this is why you burn the witches OUTSIDE, folks...

    December 13, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  14. Peter (CA)

    Maybe she should have made sure it was arson before taking "credit" for it...but that's our Sarah!

    If it was arson, the culprit should go away for a long, long time. No matter what you think about Palin, this type of act has no place in society.

    December 13, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  15. welches, oregon

    humm...wonder if this is God's will.....

    December 13, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  16. Chris (South Carolina)

    While I think Palin was not the right person for Vice President this is horrible if started on purpose to somehow attack her.

    I hope this was just an accident but I have a feeling some left wing nutjob did this and I hope they are punished for it.

    December 13, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  17. Pepe Le Pew

    This is a warped world we live in.

    December 13, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  18. I'm Not Missing The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Maybe a result of all the incendiary remarks she made during the campaign. Nice work there, Moosellini!

    December 13, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  19. I too sing America

    I hope it was an accident. Regardless of political views, no one should do a horrible thing like that to a place of worship.

    December 14, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  20. Patrick

    Maybe the left will finally learn that racist and bigoted actions happen from both sides. The days of thinking of the right as the small minded racist ideology are over. There are idiots on both sides of the aisle.

    December 14, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  21. Amy

    I am by no means a Palin fan, not by a long shot, but this is horrible. How are you going to burn down a community church because you don't agree with a member of it? I really hope they catch whoever did it. If it was someone local, it shouldn't be too hard since the population is virtually nonexistent.

    December 14, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  22. Frank St.Onge

    Thank god no one was hurt.

    December 14, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  23. BigDaddyTod

    Wow. what some people will do to keep their names in the press.

    December 14, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  24. Denise Groves

    As much as I do not like her, this is not good if this is arson. Nobody should be setting fire to a place of worshoip.

    December 14, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  25. Judy Mia Fl

    What goes around comes around. If it was done to attack Palin and her right wing "Christian" friends, they (she) only has herself to blame after all the hate she spewed in just a few months.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    December 14, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
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