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May 21, 2013 8:42 AM by AP/CS

Man accused of setting church fire during service

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Charles Parent says that when a man set fire to church doors during a service, some churchgoers put out the fire and others followed the man until police arrested him.

Parent's news release Monday evening did not identify the 36-year-old man.

Parent says his department was called at 10:27 a.m. Sunday, when a camera showed a man pouring combustible liquid on the front doors of Kingdom Hall in Gentilly, and setting them afire.

The fire chief says 148 people were in the church.

He says the fire was out when the first of 10 fire tricks arrived at 10:32 a.m.

The man walked away, and several church members followed him until police arrived.

Parent says the man was arrested a block from the church.

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