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Fire damages church near El Cajon; suspected arsonist arrested

January 27, 2013 |  1:47 pm

A 38-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson, burglary and committing a hate crime in an early-morning fire that did $250,000 damage to a church near El Cajon, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

Darin Williams was booked into county jail just hours after the fire at St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church, officials said.

There were no injuries in the fire, which was reported at 4 a.m. The fire is under investigation by the sheriff's bomb/arson unit and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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