Three firefighters hurt fighting U.S. church fire

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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.

Ukrainian congregation in the U.S. targeted by vandals

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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

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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.

Vandals damage Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. church

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Police are investigating a break-in and vandalism at the Anglican Church in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T.

A press release from the RCMP says someone late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning got into the building and damaged several religions items. The release says police request assistance from the public to find the person or persons responsible.

No motive for the vandalism is known.