A church that had been battling city officials over Covid-19 restrictions was destroyed in a fire that investigators believe was intentionally set.

The First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi, was found engulfed in flames Wednesday morning, Marshall County Sheriff’s Maj. Kelly McMillian told CNN.


In addition, investigators found graffiti on the lot that read, “Bet you stay home now you hypokrits [sic],” CNN affiliate WMC reported.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves condemned the church fire.”I am heartbroken and furious,” he wrote in a tweet on Thursday. “In Mississippi, a church was just burned to the ground. They had been trying to open services.””What is this pandemic doing to us?” he added. “We need prayer for this country.”

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