Historic Phoenix church damaged by fire seeks donations

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A Go Fund Me account has been set up. A Go Fund Me account has been set up.
Fire broke out Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at the Tanner Chapel AME Church in Phoenix. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Fire broke out Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at the Tanner Chapel AME Church in Phoenix. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Booking photo of Marcellus Dontae Mais. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Booking photo of Marcellus Dontae Mais. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

 More than one week after a Phoenix church was damaged by fire, a go-fund-me-page is now up to help out the congregation.

In the post, church leaders say costs to make repairs to Tanner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church is estimated in excess of $100,000.

They say insurance will cover part of the costs for temporary relocation of worship services.

Tanner’s food pantry ministry which serves the homeless and disadvantaged twice a week will also need to be relocated.

“Expenses have already begun to incur and will continue for each Sunday that we are unable to worship at Historic Tanner Chapel AME Church,” church leaders said.

As of Sunday morning, Feb. 5, donations stood at $785.

It could be six months before the church is able to reopen and hold services again.

Police say the Jan. 27 fire was set intentionally.

[RELATED: Yuma man faces arson charge in Phoenix church fire]

Marcellus Dontae Mais, 29, of Yuma, approached police at the scene and claimed responsibility. Police reportedly found two lighters in his pocket.

During questioning, Mais told police that he broke a window above the door of the church and threw in a bottle with lighter fluid and a rag that he had lit on fire, according to court documents.

Mais was charged with arson of a structure and aggravated criminal damage of a place of worship, both felonies.

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