Contra Costa County

Arrest Made in Second Fire in Five Days at Concord Church Complex

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A fire erupted on the grounds of a Concord church for the second time in five days, and police arrested a homeless man on suspicion of arson, according to Contra Costa County fire officials.

Fire crews early Monday morning knocked down a fire at a single-story building at the complex of the Christ Community Church of Nazarene, 1650 Ashbury Drive, down the street from Ellis Lake Park in Concord.

Fire crews were there Thursday when a blaze destroyed a two-story building on the church grounds. Fire officials later determined those flames were caused by human activity.

The suspect who set Monday morning's blaze allegedly tried to set at least two other fires on the property. It was not immediately clear if he's the person responsible for setting Thursday's fire.

The latest fire destroyed a single-story building containing an office and chapel. The main church building was not affected by either blaze.

The man arrested Monday was not immediately identified. He's likely facing at least one count of arson.

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