Fire damages Jesus statue in St. Paul

The Jesus statue in the back yard of a St. Paul citizen was damaged by a fire Sunday morning.
The 7-foot statue belonging to Tuan Pham has been involved in a zoning dispute and according to the Pioneer Press the St. Paul City Council had recently decided the statue must be moved from its perch overlooking downtown St. Paul.
The St. Paul City Council said that the statue was closer to the edge of the bluff than the city rules permits reported the Star Tribune.
The Jesus statue is a replica of the 105-foot-tall Christ of Vung Tao statue that Pham had imported from his native Vietnam and had caught on fire after the pile of nail-studded wood stacked around the statue's base had been lit on fire reported the Star Tribune.
According to the Pioneer Press the Jesus statue was relatively unharmed except for some streaks of soot and discoloration to its base.
Pham's family hasn't decided what to do with the statue and if any of the charring done will be able to be removed reported the Pioneer Press.
The Star Tribune reported that the statue, located in Pham's prayer garden, has been attracted by vandals before. Last year the statue was hit by a paintball gun.
Pham and his family are thankful the fire was contained since where the statue is located a brush fire could've been easily started reported the Pioneer Press.

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