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A fire causes $1 million in damages in Palin's church

The church attended by Sarah Palin in Wasilla, Alaska suffered $1 million in damages from a suspected arson attack.

Though no one was injured in the fire, Anchorage Daily News reported that “It was the biggest fire the department has seen this year, and Steele said as many as 35 to 40 volunteer firefighters came from across the region to battle the blaze.�

Certainly, the attention given to the story varied, as did the angles on which different news organizations chose to focus. Sky News first released basic information about the damage caused by the fire, then devoted the rest of the story to an overview of Palin’s vice-presidential candidacy.

According to Sky News, “During the campaign she was also the subject of an inquiry that concluded she had abused her governorial position and violated state ethics law by trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police.�

The article went on to describe factors in Palin’s platform that might have led to an arson attack. At times, the objectivity of the article is questionable. As reported by Sky News, “…the self-styled "hockey mom" also horrified many liberals, and attracted derision for her apparent inability to master the finer points of policy and international politics

Both Sky News and Anchorage Daily News printed Palin’s reaction to the fire: she was deeply apologetic if the fire was related in any way to her candidacy.