• T. Blair

Two Devastating Church Fires Over the Weekend

Updated: Jul 20

A suspicious four alarm fire at San Gabriel Church in Los Angeles and a Florida man crashed his van into Queen of Peace Catholic Church before lighting it on fire.

Los Angeles, CA - Two separate, devastating church fires occurred early Saturday morning. One in Florida, one in California.

•San Gabriel Church 7.11.20, Arson Investigation:


Early Saturday morning, a four alarm fire at San Gabriel Church in Los Angeles, CA drew 50 firefighters. No injuries were reported, the damage is extensive. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating.



•Queen of Peace Church 7.11.20, One Arrested:


Steven Anthony Shields was arrested after he crashed his van through the front doors of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala, FL early Saturday morning, while parishioners were inside. He got out of his vehicle, doused the foyer area with gasoline and set it on fire. Marion County firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. No one was injured.


Steven Anthony Shields


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