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Police are investigating an incident in which a Baptist church in St. Louis was vandalized and set on fire.

St. Louis Church Fires Increase to Seven in Last Two Weeks

Oct 22, 2015
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  Police said another church property was set on fire in the St. Louis area, the seventh such blaze in two weeks.

Police Chief Sam Dotson said someone used an accelerant early Thursday to ignite the doors of the rectory at the downtown Shrine of St. Joseph Church.

Authorities said the church was unoccupied and that no one was injured in the blaze.

Dotson said the churches damaged during the suspicious fires since Oct. 8 vary denominationally and until early Thursday were within a few miles of each other and in largely black neighborhoods.

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Fire officials say fires set at five St. Louis-area churches in little more than a week are all suspicious and likely are connected.

St. Louis Arch
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The ATF and the St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson Unit are investigating a series of fires at churches.