Suspect Held in St. Paul Church Fire

Police arrested a Maplewood man on suspicion of setting fire to a St. Paul church Friday.

Tou Chai Lee, 18, was arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage to property, according to the Pioneer Press.

The fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. at the Faith Alliance Church at 520 Howard St. N., while about 18 members of the youth group were in the basement, according to the Star Tribune.

The tires of four cars in the church parking lot were also slashed, according to the Pioneer Press.

None of the youth group members were injured, but the fire was blocking the entryway, according to the Pioneer Press. They exited the building through a side door.

Police said that witnesses had seen the suspect at the scene, according to the Star Tribune.

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