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Vandalism and attempted arson in Seattle church

Someone burglarised and vandalised St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Admiral Friday evening. This information was shared online last Friday after the church’s priest-in-charge, Rev. Elise Johnstone, forwarded a message she had sent to her congregation.


In the late afternoon, an individual broke into our library in the office/education wing of the building, and then proceeded to set three small fires in the library.

Providentially, a pedestrian walking on California Avenue heard the glass break and called 911. The police and fire department came, but the individual had already run away from the property by the time the police and fire department arrived. While we have sustained some damage, the situation could have been much worse.

One large window in the library will need to be replaced, but a damage assessment company is on their way to SJB this evening to board up the window securely. 


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