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Police investigate north St. Louis church arson, vandalism

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Police are investigating arson and vandalism at a St. Louis church. (Credit: Justin Andrews, KMOV). Police are investigating arson and vandalism at a St. Louis church. (Credit: Justin Andrews, KMOV).

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police are investigating an incident in which a Baptist church in St. Louis was vandalized and set on fire.

Officers responded to a building alarm at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say the building was on fire, the back door had been forced open, and that there was "hate-related" graffiti outside the church.

The St. Louis Fire Department extinguished the fire. An investigation by the St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson unit is ongoing.

A church spokesman wasn't immediately available to comment on the incident.

Last year, there was a string of fires in St. Louis. Online records show the suspect is in custody after being charged with two counts of arson in those fires.

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