The parish office at the historic St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House in Washington, D.C., was set on fire as riots escalated on Sunday night.
The church had been vandalized with graffiti and set on fire, according to Fox News White House correspondent Kevin Corke.
"This is awful. We saw graffiti, once the door was broken, we saw something similar happen earlier, and as you can see there's definitely a fire here," Corke said while reporting from the scene. "It's a sad scene. This is a beautiful church. ... St. John's Church is a landmark in many ways, so it's very difficult to see this building go up in flames. Hopefully, they can get here and put out the fire."
Every president since James Madison has attended a service at the church, according to the church's website. It was consecrated in 1816 and is registered as a National Historic Landmark.
In a letter to parishioners on Sunday, hours before the fire, Rev. Rob Fisher said that most valuable items in the church has been secured "as best we could."
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