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Morinville cancels Canada Day festivities following church fire

Last Updated Jun 30, 2021 at 11:35 am MDT

This is all that's left of a 114-year-old church in Morinville, Alberta after a fire broke out overnight Wednesday, June 30. (PHOTO: Darcy Ropchan, CityNews Edmonton)

EDMONTON – A community near Edmonton is calling off Canada Day celebrations after a 114-year-old church there was burned down overnight.

The mayor of Morinville announced the town would be forgoing July 1 activities Wednesday morning.

Emergency crews were called to the Catholic church around 3:20 a.m.


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

He says the fire was so fierce that firefighters could not enter the 114-year-old building and the roof collapsed a short time later.

Police believe the fire is suspicious and are investigating it.

-with files from the Canadian Press