Crime & Justice

Historic Pasadena church holds services after fire

The interior of Church of the Angels in Pasadena.
The interior of Church of the Angels in Pasadena.

Services are going on as scheduled Sunday morning at a historic Pasadena church despite a fire early yesterday.

A witness called for help after seeing flames at Church of the Angels on Avenue 64. The fire burned pews and original statues, some of which have been in the church since it was built in 1889.

The cornerstone of the Church of the Angels was laid on Easter Eve, April 20, 1889, and the church consecrated on St. Michael and All Angels Day, September 29, of the same year.
The cornerstone of the Church of the Angels was laid on Easter Eve, April 20, 1889, and the church consecrated on St. Michael and All Angels Day, September 29, of the same year.
Courtesy of Church of the Angels

Investigators have also discovered signs of burglary and found graffiti.

"Because it's so historic, a lot of it has a significance and some of it may never be able to be replaced again," Lisa Derderian with the Pasadena Fire Department tells KPCC. "The individual or individuals who were involved in this spent a lot of time doing a lot of damage."

The interior of Church of the Angels in Pasadena.
The interior of Church of the Angels in Pasadena.
Courtesy of Church of the Angels

The fire is not currently being investigated as a hate crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police.

The exterior of Church of the Angels in Pasadena, circa late 1800s or early 1900s.
The exterior of Church of the Angels in Pasadena, circa late 1800s or early 1900s.
Courtesy of Church of the Angels