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Cleveland: Scrappers scavenge site of suspicious church fire

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Scrapper sifts through fire scene, Cleveland Scrapper sifts through fire scene, Cleveland
Church fire scene, East 142nd and Kinsman in Cleveland Church fire scene, East 142nd and Kinsman in Cleveland
Church fire scene, East 142nd and Kinsman in Cleveland Church fire scene, East 142nd and Kinsman in Cleveland
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Part of the reason Wednesday's fire on Cleveland's eastside was destructive was - it was just so difficult to put out.

"They were knocking it down but they had to keep turning it over because the fire was under the debris that fell down," said one witness. 

A church, a restaurant and a thrift store all burned to the ground at Kinsman and E. 142nd - half a city block that was an integral part of the community - now gone.

Several suspected scrappers were cited Thursday morning at the scene of a massive church fire on Cleveland's east side.

The suspects were cited for allegedly stealing cooper from the site of the fire at E. 142nd and Kinsman. 

Police say everything in the pile of rubble is off limits - it's possible evidence for arson investigators looking for a cause to the fire. 

Firefighters have said the cause appears suspicious.

St. Jude Church of God in Christ has a membership of about 25 people.

All the buildings are considered a total loss.

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