Las Vegas man arrested in arson fire at Nellis Baptist Church
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- All that remains from an overnight fire at the Nellis Baptist Church on Las Vegas Boulevard in North Las Vegas is burned-out offices, a smoke-damaged sanctuary and only a few salvaged items.
Clark County Fire said 35-year-old Adrian Kincade of Las Vegas was arrested on arson and burglary charges shortly after 3 a.m. Friday morning.
His past arrest record includes obstructing an officer, three trespassing charges and a misdemeanor theft. Deputy Clark County Fire Chief Erik Newman told the Associated Press that an alleged dispute between Kincade and another church member might be behind the fire.
Officials said witnesses called 911 after seeing Kincade walking away from the church. They added he allegedly started the fire using combustible items he found on site.
One church member, Sarah Lee Forks, said she was shocked and disappointed. "This is a house of worship. This is where everyone comes to get away from the monotony to find solace like home."
But church officials say the fire won't stop God's work. The food ministry will go on as planned and already volunteers gathered donated food to help feed the homeless in the area.
Fire officials say damage is now estimated at $100,000 up from their earlier estimate of $40,000.
Now all church members can do is pray because they know it could have been a lot worse.
The church's Deacon Mike Etherton says fortunately "nobody was here at the time that it happened and we're very thankful for that what was done was done and nobody was around."
The chapel had significant smoke damage, so church members says their services on Sunday will now be inside the ministry building right next door.
Kincade is due for an initial court appearance next week.