Century-old church destroyed by fire in small New Brunswick community – New Brunswick | The Canadian News

A small New Brunswick community reels after a century-old church was destroyed by fire overnight.

The fire completely destroyed the Catholic Church of Saint-Timothée. No one was inside the church and there were no injuries.

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Cap-Pelé Fire Chief Ronald Cormier said he arrived at the scene around 6 a.m. Thursday and initially thought crews could save the church.

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However, things quickly got worse.

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“We opened the door, went in and put out the fire and I thought we had it. But the fire was between those two walls, and the fire was outside and it went up to the attic. We couldn’t get to the attic, ”he said.

Cormier said the church fire is the latest in a series of fires in the community.

“I don’t know what the hell is going on, but I’d like to stop it,” he said.

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Neighbor Claire Jauffroy, who lives across the street from the church, said it was a shame for the community to lose the meeting place.

“On Sunday, the parking lot is usually full. On special occasions before COVID and all that, there was only room to stand, “he said.

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The Shediac RCMP confirmed that a 26-year-old man from Cap-Pelé was arrested in connection with the fire. No charges have been filed yet.

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