St. John Vianney Catholic Church destroyed by Arson Fire
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Uploaded on Apr 16, 2011
UPDATE: Although a statement was issued by the Sheriff's Department regarding the fire, the investigation is still ongoing as to be 100% sure.
The fire at St. John Vianney's Catholic Church has been ruled as an act of Arson!
Investigators have confirmed that a fire that broke out at the Saint John Vianney Catholic Church overnight Saturday was an act of arson.
"The extensive structure fire at St. John Vianney Church in Hacienda Heights has been confirmed as an act of arson," Sheriff's Department officials said Saturday night.
Some photos from San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Joe Bartak.
"HACIENDA HEIGHTS (KTLA) -- Sheriffs are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out at the Saint John Vianney Catholic Church overnight Saturday, causing an estimated $9 million in damages.
The blaze started just after midnight, authorities said.
Two priests and a seminarian were reportedly inside a rectory located next to the church at the time of the incident. One of the priests reported hearing an explosion, authorities said, which may have been the sound of windows breaking.
A regional bishop who lives several blocks from the church told KTLA what he saw of the blaze looked "pretty bad."
Drivers on the 60 Freeway located next to the church reported seeing the flames from their vehicles.
L.A. County Fire Chief Dave Stone told KTLA that the cause of the fire is still unclear.
"When we got here, [there was] fire coming out probably 40, 50 feet in the air," Stone said. "We concentrated our efforts on the rectory which we were able to do. Even though it's a disaster here, we were able to keep the fire from getting any bigger."
An investigation into the cause of the fire is still underway.."
Our community's largest church has burned down. St. John Vianney's Catholic Church has been a landmark church Hacienda Heights for decades. The church is a home for hundreds if not thousands of congregants. The church also offers vital services to the community's less fortunate and various charities.
Several explosions caused a fire that broke out last night around 12am and the entire church was engulfed in flames.
No injuries were reported but the entire church lies in ruins. Hundreds of residents lined the streets witnessed the the church building crumble. I, myself go there often to pray. Please keep the congregants, first responders and the community in your prayers.
Although the church building is lost, I would like to remind all that attend SJV that the Corpus Christi, Body of Christ lies in the people and not just a building in itself.
My name is Andrew and I live a few blocks from SJV. I frequent the church to pray and this is quite devastating. I do not represent the church in anyway and this video is created so that those that are not home can see the current situation of the church. Thank you.
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