Fire Damages Jesus Statue Ordered Moved in St. Paul

April 12th, 2011 by Staff – A fire has damaged a statue of Jesus that St. Paul officials decided had to be moved from the Mississippi River bluff.

Tuan Pham owns the statue, and tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press his family believes it was arson. They say wood was piled around the base and lit, probably after 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

The statue escaped with only streaks of soot and discoloration to its base, but son Huy Pham says they don’t know if the charring can be removed and haven’t decided what’s next.

The City Council last week decided the statue had to be moved. An ordinance requires a 40-foot setback from the bluff’s edge.

Tuan Pham commissioned the 7-foot white marble statue as a replica of the 105-foot Christ of Vung Tao statue in his native Vietnam.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

One Response

  1. Anne pham

    From what I see on tv it appears that the area of the neighborhood has many questionable characters and police officer has to patrol on weekends… It must have been a planned situation of firing the statue…The owner should have had the fence to the property and security camera to record who was on the premises..Luckily no one in the home was hurt from the incident..Statue can be replaced but lives can not be… If he moved the statue that is a little closer to the other area of the backyard than things would be ok..Statue costs quite a bit of $$ and so to move it to another area and to let the owner and family to keep it for praying purposes is desired.. As far as the culprit who had the intention of burning it down should be account for damaging the property and should be fined for the cost of fixing it…Since the statue is being used for praying and not for political reason than one should not be punished for having it on one’s private property .. I only opposed of removing if
    it costs disruption to the neighbor when the crowd praying too loud when the neighbor is sounding asleep..Other than that the owner should have the right to decorate his property anyway he wishes.. With proper fencing to the property would be a must to keep intruder from entering after hour…If the owner does not lock the
    gate at all times than it would be his fault for not securing the place when he and family is not home…

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