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Cross returns to Vancouver church damaged by fire

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

It was an uplifting day for the congregation of a Vancouver church damaged by a fire last year.

Friday morning, members gathered for a celebration as workers raised the cross at First Congregational Church on Northeast 68th Street.

The church suffered heavy damage when someone intentionally set it on fire in May of 2016, and the cross had to be temporarily taken down last month.

Parishioner Ken Rowe said the return of the cross was a powerful thing for the congregation.

"Just having the opportunity to see the cross go back up, it's kind of a rejuvenation, I guess you could say, of membership,” he said. “They're all pretty much involved.”

The reconstruction project is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.

First Congregational was one of three churches set on fire in a string of arson cases. So far, no one has been arrested in connection with the fires.

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