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2 youths blamed for 2017 fire that gutted North Vegas church

June 18, 2018
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FILE - In this June 6, 2017, file photo, charred beams are exposed on the roof of the sanctuary after Zion United Methodist Church was destroyed by fire in North Las Vegas, Nev. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said Monday, June 18, 2018, two youths are being blamed for starting the fire. The juveniles face arson, conspiracy and burglary charges in the blaze. The names and genders of the youngsters were withheld due to their ages. ATF spokeswoman Alexandria Corneiro did not immediately respond to a question about a motive for the fire. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Two youths are being blamed for starting a fire that destroyed a North Las Vegas church a year ago.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Monday the juveniles were arrested to face arson, conspiracy and burglary charges in the early June 6, 2017, blaze at Zion Methodist Church.

The names and genders of the accused were withheld due to their ages. ATF spokeswoman Alexandria Corneiro referred questions about a motive for the fire to county prosecutors.

Audrie Locke, spokeswoman for Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, said she could not comment about a juvenile case.

No one was injured, but the ATF says the fire caused $1.3 million in damage to the home of the 120-member congregation formed in November 1917.

The Rev. Lawrence “Larry” Johnson says the congregation has been meeting at the neighboring Nevada Partners offices, and now plans to rebuild.

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