Tacoma church vows to rebuild after arsonist destroys building

Tacoma church vows to rebuild after arsonist destroys building

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Tacoma church vows to rebuild after arsonist destroys building

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on September 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

A Tacoma church held services at another facility Sunday after its building was destroyed by an arsonist Thursday.

Security guards stood by as services were held at the Golgotha Baptist Church.

Pastor Paval Sandu's message to the congregation: It's time to forgive.

"We are fighters," he said.

Investigators say a 30-year-old man admitted to setting fires in the church,  a vacant home and a car. He was booked on three counts of arson and two counts of burglary.

Fire officials estimate the church sustained $1 million in damage.

The congregation of about 300 people plans to rebuild their church in the same location.

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