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Sent on Mormon-News: 13Jun01

By Kent Larsen

Arson Suspected in West Valley City Chapel Fire

WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH -- Police suspect arson in an early morning fire that destroyed 20-25% of an LDS chapel in West Valley City, Utah and left the rest of the building heavily damaged from the smoke. Police suspect arson because of where and when the fire started. The building, which serves two wards, will take two months to repair, fire officials estimate.

Damage to the building is estimated at $300,000, according to fire department officials. They say that the fire started in or just outside a clerk's office in the building, an area that isn't normally a source of electrical fires. The building closed Monday at 5:30 pm, long before the fire started, and investigators found an open window and a broken window that could have been used to enter the building.

The building is the meetinghouse for 850 to 900 members of the Hunter 9th and 16th wards of the Salt Lake Hunter West Stake. Those wards will have to meet elsewhere while the building is being repaired. Local leaders say that no important records were lost in the fire and say they haven't received any threats against the building. Clay Hatch, second counselor in the stake presidency, told the Deseret News, "It's just sad we have to deal with this kind of stuff. I don't feel any anger. It's just unfortunate. It appears desperate people do desperate things. It's very sad." But, he added, "This is just a blip on the screen," he said. "We will move on."


LDS church torched in W.V.
Deseret News 12Jun01 D1
By Pat Reavy: Deseret News staff writer
Damage is at least $300,000; officials suspect arson


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