FBI investigating Coos Bay chapel fire, bomb

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COOS BAY, Ore. - Fire crews found what appears to be an improvised explosive device when they responded to a fire at the Prayer Chapel in downtown Coos Bay on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said the FBI has joined the investigation.

This is the second reported IED in Coos Bay over the last couple of weeks. On Friday, August 23, an IED was detonated at the Mingus Park veteran's memorial.

It is not known if the two incidents are related.

Police Chief Gary McCullough said fire and police crews were dispatched to the fire in the building shortly before 5 p.m.

When crews arrived, Coos Bay Firefighters entered the building and located what appeared to be an improvised explosive device.

They were able to extinguish the fire. The scene was turned over to the Coos Bay Police Department for further investigation.

Coos Bay Police Department called in the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad, who subsequently contacted the FBI.

Both agencies arrived on scene and were able to render the IED safe.

Traffic was shut down on the corner of Commercial Avenue and 2nd Street.

The chief said no one was inside the chapel at the time.

Authorities ask anyone with information about this incident or who may have seen anything suspicious around the Prayer Chapel to call the Coos Bay Police Department at 541-269-8911 or Coos Stop Crime at 541-267-6666.