A man has been arrested for attempting to set fire to a church in Maine three times last month.
The church was also attacked a few days after Christmas, this time successfully, causing damage to the basement and first floor. This investigation is ongoing.
Dushko Vulchev from Maine has been charged with malicious damage and three counts of attempted arson on Martin Luther King Jr Presbyterian Church in Springfield.
Authorities say his first attempt to burn the predominantly black church was on 13th December followed by two attempts two days later.
Vulchev was taken into custody by police and is being held on bail and will enter his plea on Monday morning in Pittsfield District Court.
Regarding the ongoing investigation into the cause of the fire that caused damage, church pastor Rev Dr. Terrlyn Curry Avery wrote on Facebook: “Beloved, just a few days ago, we celebrated the birth of the Christ Child who reminds us that God is with us always. As I said in my sermon, the Sunday before Christmas, God is with us each time any of us embody the spirit of the Christ Child. We have seen that embodiment in the outpouring of love and support we have received since our church was destroyed by fire. You are a physical reminder that God is with us.
"We have some tough days ahead but will be sustained by the loving presence of God who holds us close and with your encouragement, prayers, and unwavering support. We feel extremely blessed and are grateful beyond words for your care and concern. We will continue to serve God, the Springfield Community, and beyond."