Church heavily damaged by fire in Canada
On Thursday, the 19th of September, the Sainte-Philomène church in Mercier, a small town of Quebec, went up in flames. Local police have launched an investigation, and are presuming that some unknown criminals deliberately started the fire.
The fire was discovered at 5:55 in the morning by the patrols of the local police. Besides the 50 local firemen, many other people from seven neighbour towns helped by the fire-fighting.
The fire was stopped at 7:30, and they could extinct it entirely only at 8 o’clock.
The Saint-Jean boulevard, where the church is situated, was partly closed for three hours.
After having recognized that there had a criminal incident happened, the local police started to investigate in the case, and they stood permanent surveillance to the church.
This was the third time a fire has broken out at the building. In 1955, it was damaged by fire, though the roof and walls stayed intact. It also went up in flames in 1975.
Source: Radio Canada