Fire burns Tacoma church for second time in year



Posted on February 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 6:44 PM

A Tacoma chuch caught fire Monday morning for the second time in less than a year.

Some 40 firefighters were called in to battle the fire at the Golgotha Moldavian Baptist Church at 85th Street E. and Portland Avenue E.

Arianna Kelly was stunned.

“It’s unbelievable,” she said.

The fire comes just five months after an arsonist set fire to the building. Damage then was estimated at $1 million.

They were trying to rebuild, until this deja vu with disaster.

“For me, for the rest of the congregation, it’s like an open wound, yeah it’s hard for us," said Pastor Pavel Sandu.

When he first heard about the fire, he thought it was a sick joke. Then seeing firefighters struggling to gain control of the flames was like a gut punch. 

The building is a total loss - more than $1 million in damage.

While the church is gone, Pastor Sandu there's still faith.

“Some guy came and gave me five dollars and said that's my lunch but I want to give you this five bucks to rebuild your church,” he said.

When you think nothing’s left, Arianna says you always have hope.

“I hope they build a new one and that everyone becomes closer from a hard tragedy,” she said.