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Church fire blamed on fireworks

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Fireworks caused the New Year's Day blaze that destroyed a former East Albany church building. 

An investigator from the State Fire Marshal's Office looked through the remains of that burned building Tuesday. 

Georgia law requires state investigators to check any minority church building that burns, even if it is not currently used as a church.

The building on Creamer Street burned early new year's morning. The building has not been used as a church in more than 15 years.

"It was being used for a storage facility for the gentlemen that owns it, for his rental properties. And therefore there was no reason for it to be a hate crime," said Sam Harris of the AFD.

Witnesses say there were dozens of people shooting fireworks in that neighborhood New Year's eve and investigators found evidence the fire started on top of the roof of the building.

Now investigators will try to identify the people who shot the fireworks. They could be charged with reckless conduct.

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