Charges filed in NW Side church fire

James E. Deichman, 61, of the 6200-block of North Cicero

February 1, 2010 1:54:42 PM PST
Investigators said a man has admitted to starting a fire at a far Northwest Side church.Felony arson charges were filed Monday in the case against James E. Deichman, 61, of the 6200-block of North Cicero.

The blaze broke out Sunday night at Edgebrook Lutheran Church on Hiawatha near West Devon. The fire quickly spread throughout the church and burned through the roof.

Officials said the blaze started in a garbage can at the rear of the rectory. They believe the fire was intentionally set. One person is in custody; investigators say he has admitted to starting the fire.

The pastor and church members managed to save some of charred items inside the church. No one was hurt in the fire.


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