RICHLAND, Wash. - A suspicious fire at the Richland Baptist Church had investigators searching for clues.
The Richland Fire Department responded to the blaze at four o'clock Saturday morning.
Authorities said the suspects smashed a back window at the church on George Washington Way and got in.
The head pastor said they set fire to the office after stealing at least two laptops. There is heavy smoke damage to the office but firefighters were able to keep it contained.
Members of the church were shocked to find out what happened.
Pastor Stanley Hughes said, "A place for families to come and worship and to see that much energy, effort and love go up in smoke, it's just extremely sad."
Richland Fire Department Battalion Chief Curt Walsh said, "Anytime you have a building with that large square footage on fire obviously it posses a significant risk to firefighters."
Firefighters said a smoke alarm notified the fire department.
Detectives were on the scene this morning looking for evidence.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Richland Police.
Church is scheduled as usual but the pastor said there is no Sunday school classes.