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Crews respond to fire at church in southeast Fresno, second in one day

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Grace United Methodist Church, Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Crews responded to a fire at a church in southeast Fresno on Thursday night, the second one that day.

Officers were dispatched to Grace United Methodist Church in the area of 4th and Balch Street for reports of a burglary in progress.

Map of Grace United Methodist Church, Fresno

Officers say they located a small fire burning inside the church instead. The fire was quickly put out by the Fresno Fire Department

RELATED: Fresno church says COVID-19 pandemic has opened the door to more burglaries

Following the small fire Thursday morning, authorities were not able to locate a suspect, However, authorities say they were able to arrest 19-year-old Evan Regalado during Thursday night’s fire.

Officials with the church say for the last three-to-four months someone has been repeatedly breaking into the church.

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