Suspects in Emmett church fires in jail on other charges

May 13, 2013 

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One of the cherished items damaged in the church fires in Emmett was an antique oak library table that sat in this first-floor foyer of Community Bible Church. The church’s sanctuary has smoke damage throughout, and parts of it are melted, including a projector in the ceiling.

PROVIDED BY CAROL GARDNER — Provided by Carol Gardner

Police have identified suspects in the arsons that damaged two churches in Emmett. Both men are currently in the Gem County Jail on unrelated criminal charges.

Emmett Police Chief Steve Nebeker said Monday that the department has identified the two suspects in the April 27 blaze that seriously damaged Community Bible Church and First Baptist Church.

There may be a third person involved, he said. The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed against the suspects in connection with the arson.

The police acted on tips to identify the suspects, Nebeker said.

“There has been fantastic communication from the community,” he said.

Nebeker met with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI Monday afternoon.

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