Arrest made in AME Church fire in downtown Phoenix

- An arrest has been made after a fire broke out at the Tanner Chapel AME Church in downtown Phoenix on Friday night.

Fire crews arrived at about 9pm Friday and found smoke pouring out of the church.  A fire was burning in the foyer and additional crews arrived to put out the flames quickly.

Crews used ladders to reach the roof and check the ceilings for any possible damage.  They used large fans to clear out smoke that was trapped in the building.

On Saturday, fire crews say that 29-year-old Marcellus Mais claimed responsibility for the fire.  After he was questioned, they say Mais was booked into the Maricopa County Jail.


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