Man Arrested For Arson In Des Moines Church Fire

(Des Moines, IA) -- A man is now charged with arson in a Des Moines church fire this week.

The Perfecting Holiness Temple on 13th Street was heavily damaged by fire on Monday afternoon.

Fire crews responded to the blaze a little after 3 p.m.

It didn't take long after the fire was put out for local investigators to find evidence it was set intentionally.

Witnesses also said they had seen a man behaving suspiciously nearby.

Officers caught up with 27-year-old Emmanuel Philpot, who is now jailed in Polk County, facing charges of first degree arson.

Investigators say it's still not clear exactly how the fire was started.


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