Historic St. John's Church near White House set on FIRE as protests rage in Washington DC (VIDEOS)
Added 05-31-20 11:37:02pm EST - “Multiple fires are flaring near the White House as a day of peaceful protests against police brutality escalated from tense standoffs with police into rioting and vandalism.” - Rt.com
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The St. John's Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square, a historic landmark located just 300 meters from the White House, was targeted by an apparent arson amid the chaos. Footage from the scene showed flames raging inside. The walls of the church have been tagged with graffiti.
The church is among the best-known features of Washington DC and has been attended by every sitting president of the US since it was built over two centuries ago.
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
The office of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations in the 16th Street Northwest was targeted by vandals too. Its windows were smashed and fire could be seen inside the lobby.
Small fires were started by rioters across the US capital, with plumes of smoke partially covering the Washington Monument.
St. John’s church in DC has been set on fire ???? pic.twitter.com/uC9maGsbAo— Mr. Jones™️???????? (@MrJones_tm) June 1, 2020
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
This is the LOBBY of an office building fully on fire. https://t.co/lXbw7QAE3W— Evan Lambert (@EvanLambertTV) June 1, 2020
Awful to see historic St. John's church lit afire in Washington D.C. across from Lafayette Park. pic.twitter.com/fyDBdrYZ1X— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) June 1, 2020
Smoke from multiple fires rising up in front of the Washington Monument #Chopper4 looking south from Maryland, White House center screen. #BreakingNews@nbcwashington#protests2020#GeorgeFloydProtestspic.twitter.com/WNtPkgYCtD— Brad Freitas (@Chopper4Brad) June 1, 2020
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