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Pair charged with setting fire to Raleigh church

Posted February 18, 2010 2:51 p.m. EST
Updated February 18, 2010 5:24 p.m. EST

— Two men have been charged with setting several fires inside a Raleigh church last month, police said Thursday.

Police responding to a reported burglary on Jan. 31 found several fires set inside the First Korean Baptist Church, 8905 Ray Road.

David Lee Bennett, 19, and Ian Lawler, 17, of 5225 Covington Bend Road, were charged last week with breaking and entering and larceny at the church. Lawler was charged Wednesday with arson.

Police said music equipment was stolen from the church, and the carpet was burned in several areas. The church didn't sustain major damage, police said.