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Third Suspicious Fire To Hit An El Paso Church

June 16, 2019 - 12:47 pm

EL PASO (1080 KRLD) - For the third time in just over a month, a suspicious fire has hit a Catholic church in El Paso.

The latest happened Saturday at the St. Jude Church on the city's west side. Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the church's main sanctuary, then discovered a broken window near the altar.

The El Paso Catholic Diocese confirmed the incident is treated as an act of vandalism with an incendiary device. Last month, there were fires at St. Matthew's Church and St. Patrick's Cathedral, and both are being investigated as arson.

At the cathedral, an apparent Molotov cocktail was thrown against one of the cathedral’s windows, bounced off and detonated on the sidewalk.

The FBI is investigating the May incidents.