UPDATE: Person of interest sought in Monday arson of church, union hall

UPDATE: Las Vegas fire and police investigators want to talk to the person who is seen in the attached video in connection with two fires that occurred downtown early Monday morning.  The person seen in the video was in the area at the time of the fires.

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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Las Vegas fire and police investigators say that two downtown buildings were broken into, including a church, and set on fire early Monday morning.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was notified when it appeared that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 501 S. Ninth St. was broken into. When police arrived they found the door to the church open, there was a haze in the building along with an odor of something burning. At 6:15 a.m. police requested Las Vegas Fire & Rescue for a possible fire in the church.

When firefighters arrived they found a fire had burned itself out. Firefighters checked to make sure the fire was out and requested fire investigators to respond.

While firefighters were waiting for fire investigators to arrive on scene, they noticed the front door to the Las Vegas Firefighter’s IAFF Union Local 1285 hall across the street was open. When they went to investigate, they found broken glass on the ground and noticed an odor of something burning. When they went inside to check, they found that the union hall was also intentionally set on fire. That fire also burned itself out.

Both fires are being investigated by LVMPD and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. Federal agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives is also investigating the church fire.

Damage to the church was $1,000 while damage to the union hall was $3,000. Both buildings were broken into and ruled arson.

Both buildings sustained minor damage and there were no reported injuries. There are no suspects at this time.

Anyone with information can call Las Vegas Fire Investigators at 702-383-2888 or call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 and remain anonymous.

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