A fire destroys a Catholic church north of Edmonton, RCMP says Blaze is suspicious



The Catholic Church in northern Alberta was destroyed by what the RCMP calls a suspicious fire.

The RCMP said in a release that after 3 am, police officers were called to burn in the Parish of St. John Baptiste in Morinville, about 40 km north of Edmonton.

Iain Bushell, general manager of Morinville’s infrastructure and community services, confirms that the church has been lost.

He says the fire was so severe that firefighters couldn’t enter the 114-year-old building and after a while the roof collapsed.

Buchelle says the two main spire of the church and the facade on the front have been completely eliminated.

Former firefighter Bushelle said the cause of the fire had not been identified.

“Sure, it’s a pretty iconic Catholic church in our community, and it’s a shame given the timing of the sad events now found in the country,” Buchelle said in a telephone interview from the scene on Wednesday. Told.

Four small Catholic churches on indigenous lands in rural southern British Columbia were destroyed in a suspicious fire, and a vacant Anglican church in northwestern BC recently said RCMP could be set on fire. I was damaged by what I said.

The fire broke out less than a month after the supposed bodies of 215 children were found in an unmarked grave on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Cowessess First Nation in southeastern Saskatchewan also announced last week that ground penetrating radar detected 751 unmarked tombs on the grounds of the former Marival Indian Residential School.

About 150,000 indigenous children were forced to attend a boarding school in Canada that has been in operation for over 120 years. Over 60 percent of the schools were run by the Catholic Church.

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