Adventist church attacked by arsonists

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Canterbury, New Zealand 

Arsonists attacked the Seventh-day Adventist church building in Ashburton, New Zealand, on Sunday morning.

According to the South New Zealand Conference, two fires were lit inside the church around 7am, damaging the foyer and other areas of the building.

According to the South New Zealand Conference, two fires were lit inside the church around 7am, damaging the foyer and other areas of the building.

Ashburton church pastor Paul Gredig said fire officials were quick to respond to the blaze, and that church officers are working closely with police and the insurance company.

Pastor Gredig said the crisis has complicated an already difficult situation regarding the Ashburton church building, which was damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes.

A few days before the fires were lit, church leaders at a business meeting voted to put the property up for sale.

The church community has been meeting in the Baptist Church Youth Hall since the earthquakes.