Nova Scotia

Fire destroys C.B. church building

A church building in the Cape Breton community of Boisdale burned to the ground Saturday morning.

A church building in the Cape Breton community of Boisdale burned to the ground Saturday morning.

Volunteer firefighters were called to Glebe House at St. Andrew's parish near Sydney about 12 a.m.

Joe MacDonald, one of the volunteer firefighters who fought the blaze, said he could see the flames from his house.

"It was a massive fire. The building was an old, Georgian-style building, two storeys. I believe there was something like 14 bedrooms," he told CBC News. "It's very hard to take — that people feel they can vandalize and burn places at will around here."

MacDonald said an official cause of the fire has not been determined, but it appeared to be deliberately set.

He said the long-abandoned house sat about 100 metres from the church.

Fire crews continued to soak the building's smouldering remains Saturday evening, but churchgoers attended Easter vigil services at the church. 

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