16-year-old boy charged with arson in Hopewell church fire

  • Source: WTVR-TV CBS 6
  • Published: 04/12/2019 02:42 PM

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with arson in connection with a fire last week at the Hopewell Church of the Nazarene. Police confirm the juvenile has been served six petitions for arson, two counts of burglary, trespassing, grand larceny and vandalism/destruction of property. The teen has not been identified because of his age. Firefighters were called to the Hopewell Church of the Nazarene off Smithfield Avenue around 10:40 p.m. on April 5. When crews arrived, they found heavy flames and smoke shooting up from the church. Investigators believe the blaze started in the sanctuary of the church. No one was injured. Church officials said in a Facebook post the structure is likely a total loss.


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