A firefighters' union hall and a Mormon church were set on fire in downtown Las Vegas Monday, according to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue. Police investigators said the downtown buildings were broken into before they were set on fire.
Las Vegas Metro Police was notified about a fire at the church. When officers arrived at the scene, it was obvious that the Church of Latter Day Saints at 501 S. Ninth St was broken into.
When police arrived, they found the door to the church open, and there was a haze in the building along with an odor of something burning. At around 6:15 a.m. police requested Las Vegas Fire & Rescue to the scene to investigate a possible fire in the church.
When firefighters arrived, they found a fire had burned itself out. While firefighters were waiting for fire investigators to arrive at the scene, they noticed the front door to the Las Vegas Firefighters' IAFF Union Local 1285 hall across the street was open (502 S. Ninth St).
When they went to check things out, they found broken glass on the ground and noticed an odor of something burning. When they went inside, they found that the union hall was also intentionally set on fire.
That fire also burned itself out, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said. According to fire officials, the buildings sustained minor damage, and no one was hurt. Las Vegas Fire and said there aren't any suspects at this time.
The fires are still being investigated by Metro Police and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. Federal agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) is also investigating the church fire.
Damage to the church was $1000; damage to the union hall was $3000. Both buildings were broken into and ruled arson.
Anyone with information can call Las Vegas Fire Investigators at 702-383-2888 or call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 and remain anonymous.
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