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Trained dog helps investigate Rhode Island church fire

November 23, 2018

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Authorities have called in a police dog trained to detect ignitable liquids to help with an investigation into a fire at a Rhode Island church.

WPRI-TV reports that Rhode Island State Police on their official Twitter page said Friday a detective and his K-9, Nacoma, the only police dog in the state that is trained to detect ignitable liquids, were called in.

Authorities originally said the fire did not appear suspicious.

Flames engulfed the historic Woodbury Union Church in Warwick on Wednesday night. The church’s charred steeple eventually collapsed under the force of the water from multiple hoses.

The Presbyterian church was built in 1908. Pastor T.J. DeMarco said the church’s cross and several musical hand bells were among some items that were salvaged.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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