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East Baltimore church burns down after burglary

Fire started as burglar stole sound equipment from Paradise Christian Center

By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun

4:43 PM EDT, June 26, 2011

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An East Baltimore church was destroyed in an early morning blaze Sunday after a burglar stole sound equipment from the building, according to police.

No injuries were reported in the fire and burglary, which occurred shortly after 4 a.m. at the Paradise Christian Center, located in the 3000 block of E. Oliver Street, according to police spokesman Kevin Brown.

Brown said the fire started when a burglar attempted to steal the sound equipment, and eventually consumed the entire building. No further details were immediately available.

erica.green@baltsun.com