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Police rule out accidental causes after fire at church

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INDIANAPOLIS – Detectives assigned to investigate Wednesday morning’s fire at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church have ruled out all accidental causes.

Investigators arrived around 4:15 a.m. to investigate a report of a break-in. Police called the fire department because the fire alarm was going off. Fire crews found paper material on fire in the sanctuary.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, detectives haven’t found any obvious signs of forced entry. They also said nothing was stolen from the church.

Police revised the damage estimate for the church. They now say damage is in the range of $400,000, mostly due to problems caused by the smoke. The initial estimate had been around $15,000.

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