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Manchester police arrest man for church arson


MANCHESTER - Manchester Police arrested a Lee man Tuesday night after they found a small fire burning outside First Baptist Church, 536 Union St.

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Officer Matt Barter responded to the area about 9:50 p.m. and saw a small fire up against the south side of the building, which appeared to be in jeopardy of igniting more fully. Barter also saw a man standing at the fire who moved closer to the flames and began to stomp them out with his feet as Barter approached.
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That man was Mark Corey, 50, of Lee, according to police, and he was arrested for setting the fire.
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The fire was quickly extinguished by the Manchester Fire Department, but police said there was some damage caused to the side of the building, including a hole that burned through a frosted panel on the side of the building that resulted in a small amount of smoke damage inside the building as well.
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Corey was charged with arson.
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