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Police link two boys to Winston church fire

Anyone who would like to assist the food pantry which was located at the church should contact Pastor Cindy Slaymaker.

Posted: Mar 1, 2021 11:28 AM
Updated: Mar 1, 2021 10:09 PM

WINSTON, Ore. -- Winston police have confirmed that two boys are believed to have been involved in starting a church fire over the weekend.

Significant damage was done to the Church of the Nazarene, 385 SE Thompson Ave. Saturday afternoon. Officers arrived at the scene at about 2:30 p.m. and found the church engulfed in flames, and multiple fire agencies worked to put out the fire.

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Parents of an 11-year-old and a 10-year-old reportedly told police their children were involved in starting the fire outside the building.

The investigation is ongoing and will be forwarded to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. Police said the Oregon State Police Arson Unit and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are assisting.

It does not appear to have been a hate crime, and no one was injured in the fire. Police added the church appears to be a total loss.

The Church of the Nazarene had served as the local food pantry for the area. Anyone who would like to help the church and the Winston Food Pantry can contact Pastor Cindy Slaymaker at geeof4@gmail.com.

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