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Arsonist sought in church fire

 

May 19, 2021

FIREFIGHTERS, left, prepare to enter the burning fellowship hall at Elm Street Baptist Church Tuesday evening, May 11.

Sweet Home police are working to identify a suspected arsonist who, they believe, started a fire that severely damaged the fellowship hall at Elm Street Baptist Church Tuesday evening, May 11.

"The fire is still under investigation," Police Chief Jeff Lynn said Monday, May 17. State and local investigators determined early Wednesday, May 12, that the fire had been set intentionally, said Randy Whitfield, the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance Service battalion chief who supervised the response to the blaze.

SHFAD and Sweet Home Police Department personnel responded to a report of the structure...



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