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SAN DIEGO -- Investigators are trying to find out who set fire to a place of worship in University Heights.

Police discovered the fire at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in the 2000 block of Adams Avenue just before midnight when the burglar alarm went off.

When officers arrived, they found someone had pried open the front door. There was also a small fire burning inside. Firefighters put out the flames before they could spread through the building.

"It was contained to the stage area, up the wall and into the ceiling, it didn't extend into the interior of the building beyond much more than that," said San Diego Firefighter Chuck Adams.

Members of the Kingdom Hall did confirm that items were stolen, though they aren't currently saying what was taken. Police said electronics and other equipment were found stacked near a door.

The Metro Arson Strike Team took over the investigation once the fire was knocked down. Investigators tell 10News matches were used to set multiple fires near the stage and drapes. They think the fire was set to cover up the burglary.

Police said they have no reason to think the incident is a hate crime.

Damage and the loss of contents are estimated at around $70,000. The Kingdom Hall will be closed for a while because of smoke damage, members told 10News.

A member of the hall told 10News the Kingdom Hall is one of the oldest in San Diego. It opened more than 50 years ago.


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Our friends KH in Tulsa has been locking their doors during meetings for 4 years now. They are not in a bad area either. But they have had cars tires slashed when meetig for field service. They were thinking about having someone stay behind to monitor the cars in the lot. I have not spoken to them since we moved out of the area.

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