National Post (National Edition)



Firefighte­rs in Surrey, B.C., had to work quickly to keep an early morning fire from spreading to nearby buildings but they could not save the church where the blaze began. Surrey Fire Service assistant chief Shelley Morris says the St. George Coptic Orthodox Church was engulfed when crews arrived at around 3:30 a.m. on Monday. The Mounties say they are working with the fire service to investigat­e the cause but they are treating the blaze as suspicious. The RCMP say the church was the target of an attempted arson on Wednesday as surveillan­ce video showed a female suspect lighting items on fire at the door of the building early that morning. Police say although both incidents are suspicious, there is no evidence linking the two separate investigat­ions.

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