Cops probe 2 NYC church firebombings in a week as hate crime
Both fires were set by someone throwing a Molotov cocktail at the buildings; both fires were contained to the exteriors
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Police are investigating the firebombings of two New York City Christian churches in the same week as hate crimes.
Police say a man tossed a Molotov cocktail on Thursday morning at the First Central Baptist Church on Staten Island, setting the exterior wall of the church and its awning on fire.
On Sunday, a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a front window of St. Paul's Memorial Episcopal Church on Staten Island, causing a small blaze. Police say the church had minor damage from the fire.
Both churches are in the Stapleton neighborhood.
No arrests have been made.