Three firefighters hurt fighting U.S. church fire

DAVID INGRAM

Arson investigators in the U.S are working to determine if a California church fire that injured three firefighters was set on purpose.

The fire was reported shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday at the Victory Baptist Church in Los Angeles. A fire department spokesperson said more than 100 firefighters spent just under two hours to get the flames under control.

“My heart is so broken by this.  Our youth choir stand is no longer nor is the side of the church where we used to sit.  It’s devastating. I am still in disbelief. My childhood church is gone.  So much history there (Sunday School, youth choir, young adult choir, the church basketball team … so many memories from 1970s to 1980s) … wow. Please keep the family of Victory Baptist Church of Los Angeles in your prayers, Prayer Warriors,” posted one church member to the chruch’s Facebook page.

The building is a total loss. The congregation says it will rebuild.

Vandals leave anti-Christian graffiti and smashed windows at U.S. Presbyterian church

JEFF TURNER

Anti-Christian graffiti, smashed glass and other damage left by vandals at a church in the U.S. greeted congregation members as they arrived for Worship on Sunday. The attack on St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon is one of dozens of similar criminal acts against houses of worship in the city this year.

Pastor Sarah Sanderson-Doughty said the church is insured, but the congregation will have to cover the delectable.

The congregation will pray for the vandal (or vandals) at a, “candlelight service of healing and forgiveness” this weekend.

Cause of Alberta church fire not yet determined

STAFF

A church building in Alberta is a total loss following a fire this week, but was it intentionally set?

RCMP have been assigned to investigate a fire reported Thursday at The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Roman Catholic Church in Fort Chipewyan.  Some neighbors have speculated the fire could have been set intentionally because the church use to sit next to a residential school.

CBC has published photos of the fire HERE.

Only minor injuries were reported from as a result of the fire.

Ukrainian congregation in the U.S. targeted by vandals

DAVID INGRAM

A Ukrainian church in the U.S. is struggling to make repairs after a vandal, or vandals, left thousands of dollars in damage.

St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church was left with broken windows including one that was placed to protect a more than 100-year-old stained glass window. A statement from the church says the broken window did what it was supposed to do, and the stained-glass window was not damaged.

The church will have to pay between $2,000 to $3,000 to cover the insurance deductible, according to a church spokesperson.

At least one arrest has been made according to WTNH television. The station did not report the suspect’s name. Fox 61 television reports some think Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may have motivated the attack.

The criminal act against the church remains under investigation by the New Britain Police Department.

Arrest made in U.S. church vandalism

DAVID INGRAM

Police in Winfield, Alabama have arrested the person they say caused thousands of dollars in damage to a church building.

Investigators have not yet released the identity of the person charged with vandalizing the Winfield City Family Church. A Church spokesperson said services had to be canceled this weekend because of the damage.

A small fire was set in one of the rooms, but it did not spread. A post on the Church’s Facebook page says the vandal also, “…wrote cursings against God on the walls of the church, flooded the building, broke huge windows, destroyed musical and sound equipment, and did other extensive damage.”

Police have not announced the vandal’s motive.