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Update: Overnight Fire At Chico Church; Investigators Ask For Public's Help

By Kelli Saam
Ashley Gardner, Production Assistant
Published On: Mar 11 2013 02:34:24 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 07 2013 06:40:15 PM CST
Chico Church Fire
CHICO, Calif. -

An overnight fire damaged a church in Chico early Thursday. Investigators said the cause was incendiary.

The fire was reported just before 1 a.m. Thursday at "Church on the Esplanade" at 1119 Esplanade near West 1st Avenue. It damaged the fellowship hall, a separate building next to the church. Fire inspectors said it climbed up the back wall into the ceiling.

According to a source close to the Chico Police Department, the fellowship hall was set on fire by a home-made bomb.

The damage cost is estimated around $15,000. The Chico Fire Department is asking anyone who may have noticed suspicious persons or vehicles near the church around the time of the fire, to contact Chico Fire Department.