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UPDATE: 'Suspicious' fire at Cory church

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

CORY -- Officials have determined that a "suspicious" fire was intentionally set at a Cory church Tuesday morning.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security Division of Fire and Building Safety was contacted and Assistant Chief of Investigations for the Division of Fire and Building Safety Fred Daffer was contacted to investigate the fire at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, 200 North County Road 250 West.

Preliminary results of the initial investigation determined an undisclosed accelerant was used to start the fire in the cellar roof area of the church.

Because in some instances the intentional burning of a church is a federal crime, Daffer has notified the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Fire Arms about the fire.

Shortly after 7 a.m., Tuesday, Cory Township and the Center Point Township Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched after receiving a phone call reporting the fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters witnessed flames coming from the roof over the basement/cellar area of the church.

Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rob Gambill told The Brazil Times, due to the severity of the case, anyone with information about the fire needs to contact authorities.

To report information about this case, or any other, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 812-446-2535 or by using the Arson Hot Line at 1-800-382-4628.

The case remains under investigation and more information will be added to this story as it becomes available.

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