PUGWASH – Investigators are trying to determine the cause of fire that destroyed a historic church in Pugwash early Saturday.
Fire chief Andy Yarrow told CBC News that the building was engulfed by the time fire crews arrived on scene at about 9:45 a.m.
Yarrow said there was extensive smoke and flame coming from the building. Heat from the fire prevented firefighters from getting inside the building.
Built in the 1920s, the building was a Presbyterian Church until last year when it was sold.
A children’s drop-in centre and community centre was supposed to open in the building in the spring. The building was being renovated at the time of the fire.
Three other fire departments were called to the blaze that was put out by 1 p.m.