Man suspected of setting fire that destroyed historic church

Man suspected of setting fire that destroyed historic church
Courtesy: Buffalo County Sheriff's Office

SHELTON, Neb. (AP) — A 39-year-old man is suspected of setting a fire that destroyed a historic church near the south-central Nebraska city of Shelton.

The man was taken into custody Friday on suspicion of arson. Buffalo County Court records don’t yet show that he’s been formally charged.

He remained in custody Monday, jail records showed.

The fire at Zion Lutheran Church was reported just after 7 a.m. on Dec. 11. Firefighters who arrived minutes later found the structure engulfed in flames. No injuries were reported.

The church, which was built in 1912, sat about 10 miles northwest of Shelton.

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