ALLOUEZ, Wis. (May 1, 2019) – Early Wednesday morning, the Green Bay Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at St. Matthew Catholic Parish in Allouez where they found a small fire and evidence of forced entry into the building. Indicating that the fire was started intentionally, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office has a suspect in custody and is further investigating the suspected arson. Authorities do not believe this to be a crime specifically targeting a religious institution.
“I was so disappointed to learn early this morning there was a fire at St. Matthew’s Church in Allouez and that most likely it was caused by an arsonist,” said Bishop David L. Ricken. “Fr. Bob Kabat, the good parishioners of St. Matthew’s, and the troubled person who caused this are in my thoughts and prayers.”
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