Suspects sought in arson fires at LDS church in Nevada

Police in rural northeast Nevada are looking for an arson suspect or suspects in connection with a break-in at a chapel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Elko where two fires were intentionally set over the weekend.

An organ and piano were set on fire inside the chapel and a stove was set ablaze in the kitchen at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, police said.

The blazes caused significant fire and smoke damage.

Police told the Elko Daily Free Press the suspect or suspects broke a glass door to gain entry into the church on the northwest edge of town late Saturday night and started the fires.

Emergency responders found several items had been removed and sitting in the parking lot when they arrived on scene at 12:10 a.m. Sunday. Elko firefighters extinguished the flames.

The communications director for the East Elko Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ, Terri Clark, reported members of the congregation will be spread among three other chapels representing the Salt Lake City-based faith in Elko during an extensive remodeling effort.

Clark says they’re grateful for the offers of help they’ve received from local residents. She said the church hopes the surrounding community “will be supportive and kind to each other, regardless of backgrounds or belief,” and will be “neighborly and inclusive.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Elko detectives at 1-775-777-7310.


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