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Fire at Hilo church being investigated as arson

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - What appears to be an attempt to burn down a Big Island church is being investigated by police. Thanks to passers-by who doused the flames, only minimal damage was sustained by Central Christian Church in Hilo on Thursday morning.

Pastor Robert Daley says burn marks along the outside of the building indicate someone made four unsuccessful attempts to get a fire going. But he says a fifth attempt started what turned out to be a small fire at a doorway.

Daley says unofficial damage estimates to the 118-year-old church range up to $2,000.

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