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Crews respond to 2nd church fire in two days in Vancouver; both believed to be arson

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Firefighters responded to a second church fire Thursday morning in Vancouver that officials believe may be connected Wednesday morning’s church fire in Hazel Dell.

The blaze started just after 3:30 a.m. at the Liberty Bible Church of Nazarene at 12401 NE Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver.

A fire alarm company alerted firefighters after an alarm was triggered.

Fire crews saw smoke and some flames when they arrived and quickly put them out.

Senior Pastor Larry Rounsey said a homemade explosive, or a Molotov cocktail, was thrown into the church nursery in the back of the building. The building had a sprinkler system that put out most of the fire, but caused a lot of water damage.

The pastor said this incident is only a set back and he expects the community to move past it. 

"We can't be distracted, I mean, we are here to care for people. That's what we're about and that's what we're going to do," Rounsey said. 

A team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been called to the scene. 

Officials said they believe this fire is associated with Wednesday's fire at the First Congregational Church in Hazel Dell.

Fire officials said they believe the Hazel Dell church fire was arson and are now offering a $10,000 reward for information on the arsonist.

Anyone with information should contact the Vancouver Fire Department. 

More information will be posted as soon as it is available. 

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