Fire ruled arson at Lacey Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall

SEATTLE (AP) — A fire that destroyed a church in Lacey has been ruled an arson.

KING-TV reports the fire Friday morning burned a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced the conclusion Saturday. The federal agency is investigating the fire with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire is the sixth act of violence since March on a Kingdom Hall in the county.

In May, someone shot about 35 rifle rounds at the Yelm Kingdom Hall, causing more than $10,000 in damage.

Four fires were set at three Kingdom Halls, including the one at Yelm.

The Lacey fire began around 3:30 a.m.

Fire officials had worked with church officials to improve security.

Minister Dan Woollett says the loss won’t stop members from practicing their religion.