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Bend Police Offer $10,000 Reward In Arson Case

AP | March 8, 2013 8:35 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

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Police in Bend have announced a reward of as much as $10,000 as they search for a serial arsonist blamed for seven fires that broke out within minutes in downtown Bend.

Lt. Chris Carney said Thursday that investigators believe all seven fires were caused by the same person or persons.

No one was hurt but an historic church and adjacent building were damaged.

KTVZ-TV says the fires early Wednesday burned in a four-block area.

Investigators entered Trinity Episcopal Church for the first time on Thursday after it was deemed structurally safe.

Carney says damage to Trinity Episcopal’s St. Helens Hall is estimated at $250,000. Other damage figures are still being calculated. Two garages and two parked vehicles were also burned, as was a wood pile.

He says city police and fire officials are working with the state fire marshal, Oregon State Police, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/

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