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Authorities searching for leads in suspected church arson

Flames broke out Saturday morning at the River of Life Church on West 81st Street. (Source: KWES) Flames broke out Saturday morning at the River of Life Church on West 81st Street. (Source: KWES)
ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KWES) -

An arson investigation continued Monday night into an Ector County church fire that broke out early Saturday morning in the 200 block of West 81st Street, authorities said.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the suspicious blaze or identified any possible suspects.

Flames broke out Saturday around 3 a.m. at River of Life Church, according to the Ector County Sheriff's Office.

"Deputies discovered pry marks on the main entry door and apparent forced entry into the building," said Sgt. Gary Duesler. "The fire was started in the northwest office of the church."

The State Fire Marshal's Office and the Ector County Sheriff's Office are conducting an ongoing investigation into the source of the fire.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the State Arson Hotline at (877) 434-7345.

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