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Black church in Springfield burns

Fire began hours after vote, prompting fears it was arson

Firefighters worked to prevent the blaze in Springfield from spreading to houses. Firefighters worked to prevent the blaze in Springfield from spreading to houses. (Mark M. Murray/Springfield Republican)
By Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff / November 6, 2008

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A predominantly black church under construction in Springfield was destroyed by fire early yesterday, just hours after Barack Obama's landmark victory, triggering concerns that the building was purposely set ablaze in a possible hate crime. (Full article: 676 words)

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