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Arson suspected as fire hits San Diego church a second time

December 30, 2011 |  4:36 pm

A second arson fire to hit the same San Diego church within a week is being investigated by the San Diego Fire Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The fire hit the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in the University Heights neighborhood early Friday, not long after midnight. Damage was estimated at $350,000 for the structure, $50,000 for the contents.

The number 666, considered to have satanic overtones, had been spray-painted on the outside wall.

The church was also struck late on Dec. 21. No one was injured in either fire.

 

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

 

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