A fire ripped through St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Morinville early Sunday morning, completely destroying the building.
Two off-duty RCMP officers on their way home from a late shift in St. Albert were the first to report the fire, just after 2:30 a.m.
Firefighters from Legal and Morinville were then called in to battle the blaze, but were unable to save the church.
"The walls are still standing but its the roof that’s totally gone," said Morinville Mayor Paul Krauskopf on Sunday morning.
No one was hurt in the fire.
The cause of of the fire is still under investigation. It is not yet known whether the fire was deliberately set.
Krauskopf said it was too early to decide whether they are going to rebuild the church. In the meantime, several other churches have offered space for the Anglican congregation to meet.
Whatever happens, congregation member Cathy Pon said she was confident the church would work together to find a replacement for the well-used facility.
"We’ll get through this and decide as a church family what our next steps will be," she said.
Second church fire in a year
This is the second church fire in Morinville this year — a Baptist church was also destroyed by a fire last September.
"This is the second one in nine months that’s gone down in a fire so it’s pretty devastating," said Krauskopf. "The other one hasn’t been re-built yet and this one now just adds more to the problems we’re going to face in the community."
Krauskopf says the fire at the Baptist church was caused by an electrical problem in the kitchen.
Morinville is located about 40 kilometres north of Edmonton.