St. Petersburg, Florida — There's a major headache for some Pinellas County voters after a polling place goes up in flames overnight, just two days before Tuesday's primary election.
The fire happened at the Vietnamese Alliance Church on 21st Street in St. Petersburg.
10 News was at the church all morning asking tough questions to find where local voters will be able to exercise their rights on election day.
"There was large large flames shooting up," said church member Kirk Baldwin.
Members of Vietnamese Alliance Church, burnt black inside, are celebrating 30 years in the community next month.
"This morning they walk around and they almost cry," said church member Tony Trung.
What's more, the church was a polling location for precinct 139 in Pinellas County. You could see voting machines stacked up in the parking lot at the scene.
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That has left some neighbors asking where they can vote in Tuesday's primary.
"As you know voting's comin' around soon. Sunday morning, you wouldn't expect this to happen," said neighbor Tynika Julius.
She said she's worried about finding a new voting place.
"It's a big inconvenience."
10 News called the Pinellas County supervisor of elections to find out what's being done.
In a release spokesperson Nancy Whitlock said the supervisor's office found a new polling place about a mile and a half away at Roberts Recreation Center.
That's a major inconvenience to Julius, but one she says she's willing to overcome.
"I am an american, and I will be voting, and I'm proud to say that," Julius said.
Election supervisors tell us there will be an employee at Vietnamese Alliance Church on election day with maps and directions to the new site polling place.
Here are the exact addresses:
FROM: Vietnamese Evangelical Church, 4344 21st. St. N., St. Petersburg
TO: Roberts Recreation Center, 1246 50th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
(southwest corner of 50th Avenue North and 12th Street North)
This is due to a fire in the previous location.
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