Arson blamed for East Memphis church blaze

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A vacant East Memphis church that was the scene of a suspicious fire this summer burned for the second time in less than four months Sunday night.

Fire investigators say the cause is arson, saying someone intentionally set several fires inside.

Firefighters were battling a blaze at the structure at Perkins and Princeton around 9 p.m. It took until 2 a.m. to bring it under control.

The portion that was burned had to be demolished Monday morning. Fire officials estimated the damage at $670,000.

ATF and FBI investigators looked into another fire at the church June 27.

The building was scheduled to be demolished for a housing development, but developers said the fire investigation pushed back that timetable.

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