A suspicious fire has torn through the church attended by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who apologized if the blaze was related to her White House run.
Palin, Republican John McCain's running mate, was not at the church during the Friday night fire that caused about $1 million damage.
A small group of women and children were in the Wasilla Bible Church doing crafts when the blaze was set at the building's entrance. The group escaped when a fire alarm sounded, Pastor Larry Kroon said.
Palin spokesman Bill McAllister said the governor visited Saturday and "told an assistant pastor that she apologizes if the incident is in any way connected to the undeserved negative attention the church has received since she became a vice presidential candidate on Aug. 29."
The church draws as many as 1,000 worshipers on a Sunday.
(Didn't know whether this is a religious topic or political,)