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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Vacant LDS Chapel Damaged in Arson Fire

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- A vacant LDS Chapel, which hasn't been used by a congregation for three years, suffered $250,000 in damage from a fire October 12th. The blaze started at about 3 a.m. by someone who broke into the large brick complex. Police were questioning two transients in association with the blaze.

LDS Church facilities manager Don Semon told the Union-Tribune that the local ward outgrew the facility and moved to another three years ago. Since then the Church has been trying to sell the complex, and it still had pews, an organ, a piano and other church furnishings. He fears that the fire means that the building will now have to be razed.

Police said that transients have broken into the building to sleep there recently. They were questioning two men discovered at the scene who say they were trying to put out the fire. The men were being treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.


Fire hits vacant North Park church
San Diego CA Union-Tribune 13Oct00 D1
By Joe Hughes: Union-Tribune Staff Writer
Police question two transients


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