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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Statement on the National Task Force Investigation into the Bethesda Temple Apolistic Church Fire

April 26, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the announcement that a national task force will be investigating a fire at Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church in South Los Angeles:

 “My heart goes out to the members of the Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church during what must be a very challenging time.  In our despair over the damage done to this more than 60-year old institution, we are grateful that no one was injured in the blaze. 

"This is a time for the entire community to lift up this congregation as they seek to rebuild their church home.  I’m pleased that a national task force will be working alongside state and local officials to determine a cause for the fire.  My office will continue to monitor this situation and stands ready to assist in any way possible.”