Update: Man Pleads Not Guilty in Arson Fire at Historic South Los Angeles Church

  • Source: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
  • Published: 09/21/2022 11:11 PM

A 23-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in connection with an arson fire that destroyed a historic church in South Los Angeles and left three firefighters injured. Carlos Francisco Diaz is charged with two counts of arson of a structure and one count of arson of a property, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The charges stem from the Sept. 11 fire that destroyed Victory Baptist Church, along with a fire set Sept. 4 on the same property. Diaz -- who was arrested Sunday -- was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail. The blaze was reported at 2:22 a.m. Sept. 11 at the two-story church at 4802 S. McKinley Ave., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. "LAFD arson investigators and the multi-agency House of Worship Arson Task Force initiated an investigation into the fire's cause," according to a department statement.


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