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Police: Arson destroyed Indiana County church

Brian C. Rittmeyer
Firefighters responded to an automatic fire alarm at Harmony Grove Lutheran Church in Washington Township, Indiana County on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.

A state police fire marshal has ruled that a Tuesday morning fire that destroyed an Indiana County church was deliberately set.

Firefighters responded to the fire at Harmony Grove Lutheran Church on Five Points Road in Washington Township shortly after 4 a.m.

Flames were reportedly through the roof.

Officials told WPXI-TV that the church was a total loss. There was significant smoke damage inside, and a firefighter suffered a minor injury.

According to fire marshal Tpr. Chet Bell, the fire was incendiary in nature and started in two separate areas — a central point in the basement and the altar area on the first floor.

Police are continuing to investigate the blaze and asked that anyone with information about the church fire or other recent fires in northern Indiana County contact state police at 725-357-1960.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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