Multiple small fires were intentionally set on the steps of a church in Glen Rock, according to police. The flames were ignited using a bible and gasoline. 

Southern Regional Police Department and Glen Rock Fire Department were called to Trinity United Church of Christ on Manchester Street Friday at 9:20 p.m.

Police said the person admitted to starting the fires, and the investigation is ongoing. 

“There were some local residents who saw the person leaving the area,” said Sgt. Daniel Teague of the Southern Regional Police Dept. “Our guys did some old fashioned police work, knocked on some doors, canvased the area and were able to identify the person.”

Charges have not yet been filed. The person’s name has not yet been released.

Some neighbors tell us they were shaken up. Other say the crime was odd and insulting.

“We don’t have trouble at any churches in our area,” said Teague. “They have quite a good relationship throughout the community and it was quite a shock to them.”

Police say they can’t tell us if these fires are being investigated as a hate crime.

We reached out to the church for an interview but have not yet heard back.