British Columbia

Abbotsford church fire initially labelled arson by police, now being treated as mischief

An Abbotsford church fire that was initially labelled an arson is now being treated as a mischief, police say. 

Fire caused only minimal damage, the church was unoccupied at the time and nobody was injured

Central Heights Church is located at 1661 McCallum Rd, Abbotsford, B.C. (David Giesbrecht)

An Abbotsford church fire that was initially labelled an arson is now being treated as a mischief, police say. 

The fire at the Central Heights Church Wednesday night was extinguished by Abbotsford Fire Rescue shorty after it started and caused only minimal damage. The church was unoccupied at the time and nobody was injured. 

Investigators say they have identified the subject and have concluded that it was an isolated event and believe there is no ongoing threat to the church or public.

Jesse Wilson, the communications and discipleship pastor at Central Heights Church, said that a few people driving past noticed the fire and made an effort to stop it before police arrived. 

 

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Michelle Gomez is a CBC Reporter in Vancouver. You can contact her at michelle.gomez@cbc.ca.

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