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Man Charged in Raleigh Church Fire

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RALEIGH — A homeless man has been charged with starting a fire that damaged First Baptist Church on N. Salisbury Street.

The flames were discovered early Saturday morning at the historic church.

Authorities say Curtis Terry, 27, set fires in two places during a break-in. Damage was estimated at $150,000, primarily from the sprinkler system.

Terry was charged with breaking and entering, and larceny. Authorities said he was stealing checks from the church. Raleigh police say Terry also is being charged with federal arson charges because a church was involved.

The congregation was scheduled to hold its first service in its remodeled sanctuary Sunday. Instead, services will be held in the old sanctuary. -->