Newport News pastor's car burned in church parking lot

Posted at 2:14 PM, Jan 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-11 17:40:05-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A Newport News pastor's car was burned overnight Saturday, December 8, in the church parking lot.

Pastor Alexander Jamison, Sr. said he came to the church, Ivy Farms Community of Faith, Saturday morning to find the charred remains of his 1991 Mercedes Benz. The car had been in his family for 31 years.

“I looked and saw the car burned, I was just overwhelmed,” Jamison said.

The fire marshal told News 3 they are investigating the incident, calling it "suspicious." The fire marshal said they are waiting for lab results to determine if an accelerant was used. Jamison said he is hopeful it wasn't a targeted act.

“Can’t imagine anyone being that angry at the church and would do this as a vendetta,” Jamison said. “Maybe someone was seeking shelter, and broke into the vehicle and somehow something went wrong and a fire got started and the vehicle burned.”

If you have any information on this incident, you are asked to contact the Newport News Fire Marshal's Office at 757-975-5400.