Man suspected of setting fire that destroyed historic church in Nebraska

Nebraska News

SHELTON, Neb. (AP) — A 39-year-old man is suspected of setting a fire that destroyed a historic church near the south-central Nebraska city of Shelton.

The man was taken into custody Friday on suspicion of arson. Buffalo County Court records don’t yet show that he’s been formally charged. Jail records show he remained in custody Monday.

The fire at Zion Lutheran Church was reported just after 7 a.m. on Dec. 11. Firefighters who arrived minutes later found the structure engulfed in flames.

The church was built in 1912 about 10 miles northwest of Shelton. 

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