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By Kent Larsen

NEWSFLASH: Mesa LDS Chapel Heavily Damaged in Arson Fire

MESA, ARIZONA -- An LDS chapel in Mesa, Arizona was heavily damaged early this morning in an arson fire. Investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been called in to investigate the fire, which caused damage estimated at $200,000, according to local Fire department officials.

The fire was discovered about midnight in an LDS chapel located near Val Vista Drive and Southern Avenue. According to stake president Richard Westergard, he was told someone used stacked hymnals to set fires in four different locations inside the chapel. The same chapel was also damaged by arson in June 1993.

Two dozen firefighters worked for about 15 minutes to get the fire under control.

The Mesa arson comes after a string of incidents in the Salt Lake Valley, including the vandalism of a Sandy, Utah meetinghouse that police there called the worst ever in their town. Recent news reports say that local leaders believe vandalism is increasing. In addition to the Sandy vandalism, eight LDS chapels in Holladay and Murray were vandalized in April and a West Valley City LDS chapel was set on fir Mormon News' reports also show that the Logan 4th ward was vandalized in June while an LDS Chapel in Lexington, Ohio was heavily damaged in an arson fire in July.


Arson suspected in Mormon church fire in Mesa
(Phoenix) AZ Republic (AP) 10Sep01 D1
Associated Press

See also:

Vandals Deface LDS Chapel in Little Rock

Vandals Hit Another LDS Chapel

Mormon News' Coverage of Vandalism Against Mormon Property


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