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Lorain Church fire ruled as arson

Firefighters at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lorain. (Source: WOIO) Firefighters at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lorain. (Source: WOIO)
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LORAIN, OH (WOIO) -

The Ohio State Fire Marshal's office ruled that last week's fire at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lorain was set intentionally. 

The fire happened early in the morning on Thursday, August 28. The church suffered heavy damages, including broken windows, and a burned out roof and sanctuary. The church has been serving the community for 90 years. 

The Fire Marshal's office also said that a break-in occurred sometime before or after the fire. They are still trying to work out a timeline of events. 

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information that may help identify the suspects. 

Investigators are still seeking personal video, audio, or pictures of the fire. 

"If anyone saw something out of the ordinary at or around the time of the fire or may have heard someone speaking about the fire with an unusual level of interest or knowledge, investigators want to hear from you," said State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers.

If you have any pictures or information, you can call the Fire Marshal's office at (800) 589-2728. 

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