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.
A woman charged in a May 31, 2021 Missouri church fire has pleaded guilty as part of a deal to lower the cap on her sentence.
Anna-Marie Mullins was arrested last year following a fire at Christian Fellowship Church. She was charged with theft, burglary and arson. This week she pleaded guilty to lesser charges in exchange for a two-year sentence.
Surveillance video and fingerprints led to her arrest according to a probable cause affidavit.
A church building in Dallas, Texas is a total loss following a fire Thursday.
A fire department spokesperson said fire was reported at the New Light Church in Dallas’ Pleasant Grove community around 1:30 a.m. The building was fully involved with flames when the first crew arrived.
The Pastor of the church did a Facebook Live to show the destruction.
“This is not the New Life Church. This is where the New Life Church congregates…. It is not the body, the members of the church, that’s the body of the New Life Church. Tonight the Body is still intact,” said Pastor Marian Rabb standing in front of the rubble left by the fire.
An arson investigator said they received a report of a man walking away from the back of the church building around the time the fire started. It is not yet known if the fire is a case of arson.