Arson blamed in church fire
SPRINGVILLE – Police said arson was the cause of a fire that charred a historic church on Springville’s Main Street late Friday night.Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning NewsSpringville firefighters put out a fire at historic LDS chapel Friday.
Around 10:40 p.m., smoke billowed from the attic of a meetinghouse at 451 S. Main owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said Lt. Dave Caron, from the Springville department of public safety.
“The fire started at the stage front (in the gym area), then got into the conduit system, which gave it access to run up the wall and into the attic,” Caron said Saturday.
Caron estimated that the church sustained about $200,000 worth of damage, but not all of the damage was caused by the fire. In fact, except for a broken window and a lingering smell surrounding the building, no evidence of fire could be seen from the outside. …[Read more]