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Vandals Break Into Church, Torch American Flag and Cause Thousands in Damages: 'We Could Have Come to a Pile of Ashes

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"The church could have been destroyed."

Vandals broke into a Georgia church last week and wreaked absolute havoc, leaving behind thousands of dollars in damage after burning prayer booklets, children's clothing and an American flag.

It all unfolded at Transfiguration Episcopal Church in Rome, Georgia, sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning, with vandals also punching holes in the walls, painting graffiti, stealing a TV and lighting a food donation basket on fire, WAGA-TV reported.

Despite the tragic circumstance, the Rev. Linda Pineo said that she is happy that the damage wasn't far worse.

"We feel blessed the fire didn't spread, the church could have been destroyed and we could have come to a pile of ashes," she told the outlet.

See some of the damage below:

While Pineo said that the church will look into a security system to try and prevent future attacks, she added, "It may deter people, save us some aggravation but that's not where our safety is, our safety is in God."

(H/T: WAGA-TV)

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