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Via Facebook. A fire on Monday, April 18, 2017, was found at an altar at St. John's Episcopal Church in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — A 12-year-old girl has been arrested in connection to a fire that was discovered at St. John's Episcopal Church in Huntington Monday night.

According to the church, an individual broke into the building Monday evening and set fire the altar. Huntington firefighters and police responded and quickly extinguished the flames.

Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli confirmed a 12-year-old girl had been arrested and charged with arson at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. It is protocol of the Huntington Police Department to not release the names of juveniles.

The altar, carpet, hymnals and flooring were destroyed by the fire and a wall also suffered damage. The church, which is now looking toward rebuilding, is accepting donations by mail at 3000 Washington Blvd., Huntington, W.Va. 25705.

A community dinner scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled, but a prayer service will be held at the church at 7 p.m. tonight.

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