Arson suspected in fire at church food pantry, donations pour in - CBS46 News

Arson suspected in fire at church food pantry, donations pour in

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LITHIA SPRINGS, GA (CBS46) -

Arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed a church kitchen containing food that was meant for needy children and now the church is trying to figure out who's responsible.

Brenda Kirk, director of the non-profit ministry 'Gift of Love', believes the fire at the Lithia Springs Church of God was intentionally set and that the culprits are teenagers. She says it looked like they were trying to torch the entire building because whoever is responsible doused the donated food in chemicals.

"They started a fire on the opposite table here and actually left burn marks," says Kirk. "All of this is donated food and we have to throw it all away because it got heated by the fires."

Kirk says the culprits also poured gallons of chemicals on the boxes and bags and inside were thousands of meals that Douglas County students were counting on during Spring Break.

"We had nine days worth for 450 babies," said Kirk. "For breakfast, lunch and snacks. That's a lot of food. We lost all of it, plus we had at least a whole lunch and a snack for another 1,500 kids. We lost all of that because somebody want to come in and just destroy."

With little food left, Kirk is praying for a miracle.

"We're all about helping the community and for somebody in the community to come and do this, it just breaks my heart," continued Kirk.

Kirk says God is already answering her prayers. She says a number of donations and a small backup of food has helped her package meals for several schools. She also says several metro Atlanta churches have helped out by donating food.

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