Bushell said that “the timing is unfortunate,” but he stopped short at calling the fire deliberately set.
“I’ll let the fire investigator get into that properly,” he said to CTV.
Also on Wednesday, a fire was reported and extinguished before it caused damage to St. Kateri Tekakwitha church on Sipekne’katik First Nation land in Nova Scotia. Unlike other recent fires, which occurred in the western provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, the fire occurred in the maritime province on Canada’s east coast.
At 4:20 a.m., firefighters and the Indian Brook Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded to reports of the fire at St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish. The church is located about 40 miles northeast of Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. The fire is being described as “suspicious.”
John Stevens, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, told CNA that “the Katilin Healing and Cultural Centre attached to the church was damaged,” but added, “[f]ortunately, no one was harmed.”
“The Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene quickly and we are grateful for their rapid response,” he said, adding that “the RCMP are investigating the matter.”