an arson in Pasadena California 1980

Copyright 1980 U.P.I.

December 29, 1980, Monday, AM cycle DATELINE: PASADENA, Calif.

A fire which investigators said may have been deliberately set destroyed the Church of Scientology building early Monday and damaged three other structures near the Pasadena Playhouse.

The playhouse itself escaped damage.

The fire broke out about 2:30 a.m. and before nine companies of firefighters could bring it under control, a florist shop, a travel agency and a store were damaged.

The Church of Scientology building collapsed and debris from two upper floors narrowly missed three firefighters.

Batallion chief Harry Crusberg said there was evidence the fire was deliberately set. He said flames started in the offices of the Dianetics and Scientology building where an outer door appeared to have been forced.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Structural damage was estimated at $225,000 and Crusberg said contents of the buildings were valued at $100,000.

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