Topeka Fire Marshal Greg Bailey said the cause of the fire has not been determined. However, a spokeswoman for the church, Shirley Phelps-Roper, said she believes it was deliberately set.
I think it was deliberately set too... by God!!!
Obviously, this is a sign that God hates the Westboro Baptist Church. The best thing they can do right now is get on their knees and pray for forgiveness for everything they've done. Hell, they should have been doing that before, but apparently they weren't praying hard enough.
Seriously, Fred Phelps is saying that he was hate crimed. Mm-hmm. This guy's existence is a hate crime.
A neighbor thinks it was an attempt to scare her out:
Leona McQueen's is 91 years old. Her garage is about 30 feet away from the site of the fire. McQueen says she has been butting heads with church members for decades. She says the fire may have be an elaborate attempt to scare her into selling her house.
McQueen said, "They keep claiming that this property is theirs, and it is not theirs. They keep wanting to buy me, but I don't want to sell it. I don't know if whether they are trying to push me out. I don't know."
Westboro Baptist Church Member Shirley Phelps-Roper said, "It's a ridiculous accusation. The fire was started by someone as we slept. Thankfully the lord our god keeps us in all our ways. The noise that they made the fire was so big and voluminous the popping and cracking woke people up."
I doubt that, but it's interesting that everyone is assuming arson. That at least hasn't been reported in the press if investigators are thinking along those lines.