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Teen arrested in church fire

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. | A 17-year-old faces charges for a July burglary that caused the fire that destroyed a southeast Missouri church.

Brandin Jaymes Taylor of Poplar Bluff is charged with second-degree burglary.

Authorities say Taylor broke into Lively Stone Church of God on July 23, the night the church burned. A nearby building was also burglarized.

Police took fingerprints from that building and sent them to the Missouri Highway Patrol crime lab. No match was found.

But on Sept. 30, Taylor was fingerprinted after an arrest for peace disturbance. His prints matched those at the July crime scene.

Police say Taylor admitted to both burglaries, but said the fire was unintentional. He says he heard a noise when he forced open a door and saw a flash of light, then flames.

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