Man suspected of accidentally starting Colorado church fire

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (AP) - A man is suspected of accidentally starting a fire that damaged a Colorado church while trying to keep warm during a snowstorm.

The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports that Saturday's fire heavily damaged the roof and electrical system at Broadmoor Community Church. Ten people were in the building at the time but no one was injured.

The 35-year-old man, believed to be a transient from out-of-state, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson in the blaze because authorities said he endangered the lives of those in the church.

Investigators believe he started the fire with some cardboard left out for recycling.

The church canceled Sunday services but Senior Pastor Anne Cubbage says it will hold upcoming services for Palm Sunday and Easter even if they have to be outside.

© 2017 Associated Press


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