Another building in Clark County, this time a former church in Brush Prairie, was the target of a suspected arson early Sunday morning.
It’s the third suspected arson in five days to strike a local church building.
Firefighters from Clark County Fire District 3 were dispatched at about 2 a.m. Sunday to a fire alarm at 11910 N.E. 154th St. The building is the former home of the Bethesda Slavic Church but is being converted into an addiction treatment center by Daybreak Youth Services.
Firefighters discovered that a fire had been set in one of the building’s rooms, causing an estimated $25,000 in damage, according to a press release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
Annette Klinefelter, executive director of Daybreak Youth Services, said it appeared that someone broke an outside window into a room on the back of the building, threw a gas can inside and lit it on fire. She said the fire was promptly extinguished.