Mormon church will decide future of buildings in church arsons

by | Nov. 08, 2010

News from Utah

One week after two separate LDS church buildings suffered damages in fires police believe were started intentionally, the future of the two buildings remains undecided.

According to documents filed in 3rd District Court, Patrick Ehat, 26, spread some kind of "ignitable liquid accelerant" on the sacrament table, podium, organ and piano in the chapel of an LDS Church building at 3219 S. 300 East, in South Salt Lake, early on Oct. 30. Later that same day, a second fire was discovered at another LDS Church building, located at 2702 S. Main, after a similar liquid was used to ignite the fire on a couch inside.

The building on 300 East sustained damages "well over a million dollars," South Salt Lake Fire Chief Steve Foote said. He said it is up to the LDS Church, which owns the building, to decide what to do next.

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