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Man arrested after front doors of church burst into flames

Tony Nguyen (standing) joins the congregation of Vietnamese Martyrs Church in observing Good Friday in Biloxi in 2016. A man accused of setting the church doors on fire was arrested on an arson charge.
Tony Nguyen (standing) joins the congregation of Vietnamese Martyrs Church in observing Good Friday in Biloxi in 2016. A man accused of setting the church doors on fire was arrested on an arson charge. ttisbell@sunherald.com

A man seen standing near the front doors of a church as they burst into flames has been arrested, police said.

Hung Dung Nguyen, 47, of Biloxi, faces an arson charge in the fire Thursday at Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church on Oak Street.

“We’ve found no legitimate reason he would have to set the fire,” police Lt. Christopher De Back said.

A witness reported the fire about 9:25 a.m. Patrol officers and firefighters responded. The fire damaged only the doors.

Police spoke with people who gave information that linked Nguyen to the fire, De Back said. Police did not have information that Nguyen was a member of the church.

Nguyen was held at the Harrison County jail on a $50,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Bruce Strong.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Biloxi Police Department at 228-392-0641 or its Criminal Investigations Division at 228-435-6112, or email its Criminal Investigations Unit at emailto: ciu@biloxi.ms.us.

Tipsters also can call Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898 or give a tip online at mscoastcrimestoppers.com.

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