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Fires at three Brooklyn churches investigated as possible hate crimes

Police are investigating fires at three Brooklyn churches this past week as part of a possible hate crime.

Police are investigating fires at three Brooklyn churches this past week as part of a possible hate crime.

Cops are looking for the suspected firebug, who struck the churches over just three days. Police said the churches sustained minor damage but no injuries were reported from the early morning fires.

The first fire was set on Saturday at 2:45 a.m., when the suspect lit a newspaper, burning the inside doorway of Greater New Beginning Baptist Church in Brownsville.

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A few blocks away on Sunday, police said the firebug tossed an unknown object through a closed window at Iglesia Cristiana Church about 2:35 a.m. The object caused a small fire in the church's bathroom that was quickly extinguished but left minor damage.

The suspect lit another newspaper at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Crown Heights about 6:40 a.m. Monday, causing minor damage to the Union Street church, police said.

Cops are hoping to nab the firebug using surveillance footage captured at St. Mark's on Monday.

The Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the arson pattern, according to the NYPD.

Cops ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), submit a tiponlineor text 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.

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