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Vandals burn Bibles, vandalize Longview church

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LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) -

Longview police are searching for the vandals who broke into a local church, damaged property and set fires.

It happened at the First Christian Church sometime between Sunday night and early Tuesday morning.

Church Pastor Eric Atcheson says he doesn't know if they were targeted for religious reasons or if this was just a random act of vandalism.

But regardless, it's very disappointing.

Inside the church Wednesday, you could still see the damage the vandals left behind.

Atcheson says the suspects carved profanity into the piano, flooded the bathroom and threw candles and music stands all around the building.

But probably most shocking is that they set Bibles and hymnals on fire. Fortunately, the fire did not spread to the rest of the church.

Atcheson says he was in total shock when he first walked into the church, but he and his congregation are not going to let this ruin the Christmas season.

"It was a mixture of disbelief and anger," said Atcheson. "You know, we are upset. But the people are just as strongly adamant that this isn't going to stop us from our missions or coming here on Sundays to praise God."

Investigators scoured the crime scene and dusted for fingerprints, but Longview police said they don't have any suspects yet.

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