Church faces fire damage after surveillance footage shows man breaking in

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By Justina Latimer

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NASHVILLE (WSMV) — A man has been taken to hospital after breaking into a Madison church, allegedly starting a fire and jumping out of a window.

“It’s sad..” said Pastor Sergio Arce of Madison First Baptist Church.

Pastor Arce says he left his church last Thursday just before 5 p.m. Soon after, he discovered that someone had broken into the church.

Ring camera footage shows a man ringing the doorbell, then breaking a window to get in.

“This guy didn’t break into anything. He didn’t take anything,” Pastor Arce said.

When police arrived, the suspect, Jaron Ervin, was still in the building. According to police, Ervin then jumped out of a window. When they asked how the fire started, he said: ‘I was sending an SOS’

“The room is now completely dark. Things caught fire. There’s just a lot of ash, stuff that’s pretty much deteriorated,” Arce explained.

Despite tons of damage and destroyed items in the education wing of the church, the pastor is looking at the positives.

“As devastating as it may be to have to deal with damage to church property, the silver lining is that the church is not the building,” Arce said.

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