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Hacienda Heights church fire was deliberately set

April 16, 2011 | 10:09 pm

The fire that destroyed a Hacienda Heights church early Saturday was arson.

“Our investigation has concluded it was deliberately set,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore.

The blaze destroyed St. John Vianney Catholic Church at 1345 Turnbull Canyon Road, causing an estimated $8 million in damage. About 100 county firefighters responded.

The church plans to celebrate Mass at the usual times Sunday in a parish hall.

-- Christopher Goffard