New Brunswick

Historic Edmundston church will soon be rebuilt, pastor says

The historic Anglican church of St. John the Baptist in Edmundston is expected to be rebuilt within six months, using the old foundation and the iconic cross that used to grace the steeple, says the pastor.

Anglican St. John the Baptist Church was destroyed in suspicious fire on Sept. 20

A historic Anglican church in Edmundston is expected to be rebuilt within six months, says the pastor.

The St. John the Baptist Church was destroyed last month in a suspicious fire.

The church, which was built in 1873, was classified as a historical site in 1991 by the heritage branch of the New Brunswick government.

Pastor Fran Bedell says the congregation is just waiting for approval from the diocese to rebuild the walls and ceiling.

The church was insured and the foundation is in good enough condition to reuse, said Bedell.

Firefighters also managed to save the church's iconic cross, which was on the steeple.

About 40 parishioners have been gathering at St. Peters Chapel, which is part of the Catholic cathedral, since the fire, said Bedell.

Starting next week, they will move to the special care home Manoir Belle Vue, near the hospital.

Edmundston police are still seeking the public's help with their ongoing investigation into the Sept. 20 church fire, which started under the deck, and another fire two weeks earlier that destroyed the former church hall next door, which was a centre for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

The church, located near Costigan Street, was empty at the time of the fire.