Teens accused of burning down church in Va.

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(Photo courtesy: Henry County Department of Public Safety)

(Photo courtesy: Henry County Department of Public Safety)

AXTON, Va. — A 17-year-old and 16-year-old have been accused of intentionally starting a fire that burned a church to the ground more than a week ago in Henry County. 

Public Safety Director Dale Wagoner said the New Holy Deliverance Outreach at 338 Hobson Road in Axton was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived shortly after 1:15 a.m. on May 20. 

The teens have not been publicly identified, but Wagoner said they are both males.  They’re currently being held in a juvenile detention center without bound, Wagoner said.

The suspects have each been charged with three felonies including breaking-and-entering with intent to commit arson, arson of a meeting place, and grand larceny, Wagoner said. 

The blaze is still under investigation by the Henry County Department of Public Safety and the U.S. ATF. 

No other details were immediately available. Anyone with further information is asked to call the fire marshal at (276) 638-8751.