Alaska governor Sarah Palin said an arson attack on her home church could have been linked to “undeserved negative attention” from her failed Republican vice-presidential campaign.
Damage to the Wasilla Bible Church was estimated at one million dollars (£670,000), authorities said on Saturday.
No-one was injured in Friday night’s fire, which happened while a handful of people, including two children, were inside, said Fire Chief James Steele.
He said the blaze was being investigated as an arson but did not know of any recent threats to the church. Authorities did not know whether Mrs Palin’s connection to the church was relevant to the fire, Mr Steele said.
While people, including children, were inside. A nice touch, that.