Halifax church victim of second arson case in two months

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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HALIFAX - For the second time in nearly two months, the police were on scene at St. Andrew's United Church in Halifax gathering evidence after a fire was deliberately set in the building.

A man walks by the front of St. Andrew's United Church on Robie Street in Halifax on Monday, which was surrounded by police tape.

Five trucks and 20 firefighters responded to a blaze at the church on Coburg Road around 11 p.m. Sunday, said Halifax regional fire spokesman Phil McNulty.

“The fire was quickly knocked down,” McNulty said Monday, adding there was smoke and water damage to the building.

A sharp smell of smoke hung around the area Monday afternoon, and police tape blocked off the property as Halifax Regional Police officers investigated.

Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages said the case is considered arson based on the “totality of evidence” collected.

“Once it became obvious that it was suspicious, then we had our investigators step in,” he said.

Nearly two months ago on May 12, police and fire crews responded to the church after an alarm call around 2 a.m.

Police said the church was found to be “insecure” and two piles of debris had been set on fire in the church near the offices with some type of accelerant.

The small blaze was quickly put out, and damage was minimal. No arrests have been made.

Bourdages said both cases remain under investigation, but it’s “really too early” to tell whether they are related.

Organizations: Halifax church

Geographic location: Coburg Road

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