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ARLINGTON, Ore. -- Investigators are hoping the public will help them catch the arsonist who set fire to at a historic church building in Arlington last week.

The Church of the Nazarene was destroyed in the fire and investigators confirmed Thursday that they believe it was intentionally set.

A $5,000 reward was being offered to anyone who shares tips that lead to an arrest in the case.

The church was also damaged earlier this year in a spate of fires.

Authorities in the small Columbia River town of about 600 people said that four buildings, including the church, were damaged in a two-month period by fires believed to have been set last summer.

The church dates back to the 1890s and was being repaired.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is now leading the investigation.

Anyone with information that may help investigators was encouraged to call the Gilliam County Sheriff's Office at 541-384-2851.

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