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Police make arrest in Tucson church fire

TUCSON, Ariz. — A woman is facing charges of arson and felony criminal
damage following a fire at a Tucson church.

Police say 35-year-old Glenda Jean Gomez was arrested this week on suspicion of
starting a fire at Holy Family Catholic Church on April 17.

Two detectives were on duty when they spotted the fire. They called the fire
department and then rushed into the building. They found a priest and two
volunteers who were unaware of the flames.

The building was evacuated, and firefighters doused the flames.

Investigators determined that clothes and books were intentionally set on fire
in a stairwell near the front of the church. Detectives obtained information
that led them to Gomez.

Gomez was booked into the Pima County Jail. It’s not immediately clear if she
has an attorney.


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