Man accused of setting fire to church

Firefighters were called out to a Gentilly church on Sunday after a 36-year-old man allegedly set fire to the building while worshippers were inside.

The incident occurred at Kingdom Hall church at 4411 Congress St., according to the New Orleans Fire Department. Officials said Sanders Floyd Jr. went to the church shortly before 10:27 a.m. and poured a combustible liquid on the bottom of the front doors of the building, then set the doors on fire while 148 congregants were inside. Floyd was booked with aggravated arson and simple arson of a religious structure, according to court records.

The church members were able to extinguish the fire and followed the man as he left the scene. He was arrested without incident about a block from the church, and was caught on camera.