According to Mecham, investigators looking into the blaze received a tip about the juveniles. After making contact, the juveniles reportedly confessed to breaking into the building and lighting hymnals on fire. Mecham said he anticipates arson charges, though the district attorney ultimately will determine what, if any, criminal charges the teens face.
Mecham praised investigators for quickly getting to the bottom of the blaze.
"They did a heck of a job on this getting it all put together," he said.
There were no reports of injuries. Damages were estimated at $500,000.
Meacham said the worst of the damage was contained to the chapel area of the structure, with some smoke damage throughout the building. The glass from two windows and a door also were broken out to allow crews access. Fire crews also had to tear off "a great deal of sheet rock" while checking to make sure the fire was out, Mecham said.