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 (seated left)announced that Canada Day festivities have been canceled for tomorrow due to the church fire. #morinville #morinvillefire #catholicchurch @CityNewsYEG pic.twitter.com/5UeNLfyPOe
— Rod (@rodmaldaner) June 30, 2021
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.
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