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Second church fire under investigation

August 27, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Authorities are investigating whether a fire that damaged sections of a 112-year-old church was deliberately set.

The blaze Saturday afternoon at Chino United Methodist burned its way up a beam to the roof starting about 1:40 p.m., city spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden said.

The fire was extinguished by 5 p.m., she said.

Firefighters had to remove roof tiles and cut into a box surrounding the beam to stop the flames.

Police were investigating whether the blaze was related to a fire set three days earlier at a Seventh-day Adventist Church a few blocks away. That church was not damaged.

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