Arson suspected in fires at church, Catholic school

| October 25, 2011

PHOENIX — Investigators are trying to determine if two early morning fires at two different churches are connected and if they were arson.

The two fires happened within about an hour of each other. At this point, firefighters are calling both fires suspicious but they have not yet determined exactly how they started.

In the first incident, a car was set on fire in a parking lot at St. Mary's High School on Third Street south of Thomas Road at about 4 a.m. Monday.

The second fire was spotted by a passerby at the Central United Methodist Church on Central Avenue north of McDowell Road at about 5 a.m.

That person called 911 and reported smoke billowing from the church. When fire crews arrived on the scene, they found the door to the chapel on fire. Firefighters were able to quickly douse the flames before the fire could move into the church.

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