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Another Catholic church in western Canada has burned down, but this time the structure was not on Indigenous land.
Historic Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Morinville, Alberta, was destroyed in a fire Wednesday that officials are suspecting was arson.
“Today in Morinville, l’eglise de Saint-Jean-Baptiste was destroyed in what appears to have been a criminal act of arson,” Alberta’s premier, Jason Kenney, said in a statement. “This historic church was in the heart of Morinville and a key part of the spiritual life of Alberta’s francophone community.”
Iain Bushell, Morinville’s general manager of infrastructure and community services, told the National Post that the early morning blaze was so fierce that firefighters could not enter the 114-year-old building, and the roof collapsed a short time later. He said the church was of “very old construction so an awful lot of wood, so it went very quickly and it was a very difficult fire to fight.”