Suspicious fire destroys donations collected by ministry

| August 11, 2010

ORLANDO — Arson investigators are trying to track down a man believed to have started a fire that destroyed donations collected by an Orlando faith organization.

The fire started around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at a building used by the group Nehemiah Church Ministries on Parramore Avenue and West Livingston Street.

Investigators do suspect arson played a role in this fire and think they may know who is responsible.

The building that was torched was used to store supplies and an upcoming donation drive for the ministries.

By the time crews arrived on the scene, the building was already engulfed in flames.

According to arson investigators, a man who was staying in the building for about a week had a conflict with the church's pastor.

The pastor had asked that man to leave, and Orlando police were called to the scene twice Tuesday night because the man was so upset.

New 13 was told the man was allowed to stay overnight, but just hours later, the building was on fire.

Inside that building was dozens of donated items for an upcoming community giveaway.

"This morning when I saw it, I told my husband, 'oh my God they set the church on fire.' When I came over to my sisters this morning, my sister told me it was where they supply all their goods," said Gail Cannaddy, congregation member.

The donation giveaway was set to take place Saturday. Congregation members are already saying they're hoping to organize another drive.

Arson investigators were back on the scene Wednesday afternoon interviewing more witnesses and trying to track down that suspect.

Investigators are concerned about giving out that man's name because it may hinder their investigation.

The good news is no one was injured in the fire.

 

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