Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2021 / 16:00 pm
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating two more fires at Catholic churches in Canada as “suspicious,” after four churches on tribal lands burned down within one week.
At 3 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, firefighters responded to a fire at St. Jean Baptiste Parish in the town of Morinville, Alberta. The church was over 100 years old and was destroyed by the fire.
According to Iaian Bushell, the general manager of infrastructure and community services for the town of Morinville, “the fire was fully involved from the basement when the first fire crews got there,” and that the building had already begun to collapse when firefighters arrived.
"It's one of the largest buildings. It's very old construction so, an awful lot of wood, so it went very quickly and it was a very difficult fire to fight," he said to CTV News Edmonton. According to Bushell, firefighters from five different areas came to assist with extinguishing the flames.