- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) - Investigators have charged a 16-year-old Middletown boy with arson for a fire that extensively damaged a church in southwestern Ohio.

Fire officials said the blaze at Tytus Avenue First Church of God in Middletown that started around 2:30 a.m. Sunday damaged a large portion of the church, including its day care center. Fire investigators estimate damages at some $450,000.

No injuries to people were reported, but police say a 40-year-old box turtle died inside church offices.

Police say the boy is also charged with breaking and entering. Police say the investigation is continuing.

They say the boy could face additional charges and others could be charged. He is being held in the Butler County juvenile detention center.

The church is holding its services at another church in Middletown for now.

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