Congregants return to Salem church to worship after fire damaged the building

A fire that damaged St. Joseph’s Catholic Church was likely caused by arson, investigators said. On Sunday, worshipers held mass in the parking lot of the church.

SALEM, Ore. — Congregants of a Salem church that was damaged in a fire last week, returned to worship Sunday. Instead of gathering as they generally would inside the church, churchgoers of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church congregated in the parking lot.

Around 2:30 Thursday morning, emergency dispatchers received a call about a dumpster fire near St. Joseph’s on Winter Street Northeast and Chemeketa Street Northeast. When responders arrived, they realized the fire had spread to the roof of the

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