2nd arson fire at Tacoma-area church in 5 months

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The Pierce County sheriff's office says the fire that burned a Tacoma-area church Monday was arson.

It was the second arson fire in five months at the Golgotha Moldavian Baptist Church in the Midland community.

The News Tribune reports ( http://bit.ly/1jb9bG7) the man accused of the first fire in September remains in custody awaiting a competency hearing before he goes to trial.

Damage from the first arson was estimated at $1 million. There's no estimate on damage from the second fire.

The Rev. Pavel Sandu said the church plans to rebuild. It has a congregation of more than 300 people, mostly from the eastern European country of Moldova.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com


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