Rioters Torch Iconic St. John’s Church Opposite White House
Historic church falls victim to violent riots
Rioting protesters set the historic St. John’s Church near the White House in Washington, D.C. on fire as the US faces another day of unrest.
Fox News’ Kevin Corke reported on the incident:
“Unfortunately, I can add just a moment it does appear that St. John’s Church is on fire, the Parish office."
“We went downstairs, and it is on fire.”
Corke then revealed a raging fire burning inside the church.
Police said the fire was intentionally set at the Church, which started in the basement.
The fire department also tweeted that there was a fire in the basement and that it was being extinguished.
MPD is currently responding to multiple fires intentionally set around the city, including at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the 1500 blk of H Street, NW, with @dcfireems . This church has been standing in our city since the early 1800s. Please avoid the area. https://t.co/8BeINZ5IYk— DC Police Department #StayHomeDC Lite (@DCPoliceDept) June 1, 2020
Police added multiple fires in the District have been set.
The fire department was thanked on Twitter, with some calling St. John's Church irreplaceable.
“This is awful,” Corke continued.
“We saw graffiti; once the door was broken, we saw something similar happen earlier, and as you can see, there’s definitely a fire here.”
The historic St. John’s church across from the White House has been set on fire: pic.twitter.com/mWgtdkwBq3— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) June 1, 2020
Every U.S. president since James Madison has attended services in the Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square, according to the church's website.
The church also says its bell in its steeple was cast in 1822 by Paul Revere’s son Joseph, USA Today reported.
Violent rioters were filmed ripping down an American flag from the church and lighting it on fire, a New York Post reporter noted.