Worshippers return to church after Thanksgiving blaze

Bridgeport parishioners returned to Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church for services Sunday after parts of the building were damaged in a fire on Thanksgiving.

Fire investigators are calling the fire suspicious and believe it was set in the back of the church. They say the church and two unoccupied homes on Grove Street were the targets of an arsonist.

Police say they have 44-year-old William Leathers in custody as a person of interest. His history includes several arson convictions in Ohio, authorities say.

Parishioners and church leaders say they are grateful no one was hurt in the fire and hope that the person responsible gets help.

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