The historic Victory Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California, was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the church – which was a historical landmark of Black history, having hosted civil rights activists and Gospel singers over the years – caught fire around 2:30 am on Sunday.
According to Nicholas Prange, a spokesperson for the LA fire department, firefighters worked for two hours to extinguish the blaze. At least 16 companies responded to the fire. Two firefighters were injured during the fight, including one who became trapped under a collapsed ceiling and walls. Both firefighters were taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries, the Associated Press reports.
The LAFD has also launched an arson investigation into the fire.
The destruction of the historic church has rocked many members of the Black community in LA.
“This is a terrible loss. It is hard to process, given the church’s role in Los Angeles, especially…