Fire that destroyed Surrey church deemed suspicious

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The St. George Coptic Orthodox Church was destroyed by fire early July 19. (Eva Uguen-Csenge/CBC - image credit)
The St. George Coptic Orthodox Church was destroyed by fire early July 19. (Eva Uguen-Csenge/CBC - image credit)

The St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Surrey, B.C., has been destroyed in an overnight fire that investigators are treating as suspicious.

The Surrey Fire Service said it received a call about a fire on 108 Avenue and 139 Street, in the Whalley neighbourhood, at approximately 3:30 a.m. PT.

Ten fire trucks and 32 firefighters responded to the three-alarm fire, which has now been extinguished. Officials say no one was injured in the fire and no other buildings were affected.

All that remains of the church are charred pieces of walls.


The street remains closed to traffic as firefighters remain on scene putting out hot spots.

Investigators have been called to determine the cause of the fire, which is being treated as suspicious.


RCMP said the church was the target of an attempted arson last Wednesday, when damage to the door of the church was found and reported to police. Video surveillance showed a woman apparently trying to light the door on fire around 2:30 a.m. PT.

The suspect is described as white, five feet seven inches, with a heavy-set build and dark hair. She was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black tank top, black tights with a flower print and black flip-flops.

Police say there is no evidence linking the arson attempt on Wednesday with Monday morning's fire.

Police are asking anyone with information related to either of these incidents to contact Surrey RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or solvecrime.ca.

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