Fire at South Bay church was arson, officials say


A fire that broke out overnight at the Church of Christ in National City was an act of arson, fire officials said Thursday.

UPDATE: Church arson suspect is former parishioner, police say

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. — A fire that erupted overnight at a church in National City was an act of arson, officials said Thursday.

The blaze at Iglesias Ni Cristo Church in the 2200 block of East 8 Street was reported just after 3:20 a.m., according to the National City Fire Department.

National City police officers were patrolling the area when they drove by the building and saw flames, fire officials said. Officers put out the fire using a fire extinguisher that was in their vehicle.

A service scheduled to take place at 6 a.m. was postponed.

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