Incident Summary:

09/17/2020: Assailants set fire to an Armenian community center adjacent to and owned by St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church in San Francisco, California, United States. No casualties were reported, though the building was damaged. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


San Francisco

Location Details:
The incident occurred along Commonwealth Avenue.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church
Specific Description Armenian Community Center and Parish Offices
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Arson probe in S.F.Armenian church fire; Fire engulfs Armenian church offices in SF," The San Francisco Chronicle, September 18, 2020.
"Armenian church building burns in San Francisco, arson suspected," San Francisco Chronicle, September 17, 2020.
"Suspected arson attack on Armenian church causes extensive damage,", September 17, 2020.