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Fire at Trinity United Church determined to be arson

Trinity United Church, on Fifth Avenue in Prince George, is the latest church of several in B.C. and Alberta to be hit by arsonists.

Police were called out at 2:25 a.m. to assist the Prince George Fire Services at the church. Fire crews were at that location for a small fire on the outside if the building.

“A fire investigator from the Prince George RCMP attended the location and determined that the fire was the result of arson,” said Const. Jennifer Cooper of the Prince George RCMP. “At this time investigators are requesting that anyone with information about this event or who may have dash cam footage or surveillance from that neighbourhood between the hours of 1:45 a.m. and 2:25 a.m. please contact police with the information.”

This file is still under investigation.

Several churches in B.C. and Alberta have been set on fire and/or vandalized recently. There is speculation that the fires are in retaliation to unmarked graves found at residential schools last month. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it is “unacceptable and wrong that acts of vandalism and arson are being seen across the country, including against Catholic churches.”

If you have any information about this or any other criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.northernbccrimestoppers.ca (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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