Update: Eastern Oregon church fire believed to be arson

The Arlington Oregon Church of the Nazarene was badly damaged in a Tuesday morning fire.

The Arlington Oregon Church of the Nazarene was badly damaged in a Tuesday morning fire. Photo courtesy of Gilliam County Sheriff's Office

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The Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of investigators from the Oregon State Police Arson Unit and Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, are continuing an investigation into the early Tuesday morning fire that resulted in extensive damage to the Arlington Oregon Church of the Nazarene, according to a news release.

According to Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt It was determined that the cause of the fire was arson based on initial fire scene investigation. The investigation is still ongoing and a reward of up to $5,000 has been offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this fire.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Gilliam County Sheriff's Office at 541-384-2851.

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