Fire Investigators: Church fire intentionally set

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Multiple agencies are investigating a fire at a local church was confirmed as a case of arson.

The church is located in the 2100 block of Hawkins Mill Road and caught fire just before 2 p.m., police said.

"Nobody was in the church."

Church Pastor Antonio Mattox got a call from the security alarm company that his church was on fire.

He and several other members rushed up to the church to find fire fighters doing their best to try to save the charred building.

Video tape from the church security camera showed someone walking in the area where the flames started.

"In one of the clips it shows a picture of a young lady with the hoodie on. They don't have a picture of her face but it shows what she had on," said Mattox.

"Why would anyone set the church on fire? The building doesn't do anything to nobody," said Lisa Prayer.

Just last week someone stole an A/C unit from the building and then broke in and vandalized it.

They said they don't know anyone who is angry with them and can't come up with an explanation for all this.

"At first I was thinking it was a child but when I saw the video to see it was someone grown you just don't know what's in that person's mind."

But they said they're not losing focus.

"It's not going to do anything but increase our faith."