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Suspect arrested in St. William Fire

Star Staff Reports

Members of the Millington Fire Department on the campus of St. William Catholic Church yesterday.

Johnny Rivera

A 28-year-old man is charged with the arson of St. William Church from Wednesday morning.

Johnny Rivera was taken into custody within 12 hours of the fire on separate charges, but he is now charged with the crime.

Millington Police believe Rivera was inside St. William’s Catholic Church at the time of the fire.

The fire was started in the office portion of the church. The office area is separated from the main sanctuary by a firewall, which kept the flames from spreading.

It took more than 20 members of the Millington Fire Department and Shelby County Fire Department to control the flames in the early morning hours of Nov. 28. 

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