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The St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Surrey, British Columbia was destroyed by arson; a woman had initially ignited the front door of the church just five days prior to a larger fire that completely decimated it on Monday.
The Peace Arch News reported:
The fire erupted at the church, at 13905 108th Avenue, on July 19. The Surrey RCMP was called to the scene at 3:17 a.m. Nobody was injured as the church was empty at the time. It happened five days after an attempted arson at the church, in which police say video surveillance footage confirms a woman lit “items” on fire at the door.
Surveillance footage captured the woman who ignited the front door, who has still yet to be identified.
The suspect is described as Caucasian, five feet seven inches tall and heavy-set with dark hair. The woman was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black tank top, black tights with a flower print, and black flip flops.
Investigators are asking anyone with information related to either of these investigations to contact the Surrey RCMP (604-599-0502) or Crime Stoppers (www.solvecrime.ca, 1-800-222-TIPS).
Authorities have not uncovered any evidence that links the woman to the second fire.
Surrey RCMP Sergeant Elenore Sturko stated:
“We’re saying at this time there is no evidence connecting either of these incidents, so the fire that destroyed the church on the 19th and the arson to those sort-of flowers on the front door, they’re both suspicious events and concerning, but at this time there is no evidence that they’re connected but we do want to find out the identity of that woman who lit that fire on the 14th.”
“There is no evidence at this time that links this fire at the church to any other incidents throughout the city or across the province but we’ll be doing a full investigation and we’ll allow the evidence to lead us in the proper direction.”
I despise how nonchalant she was about it…
Like, you have to be a special kind of twat to commit this degree of a crime in flip-flops.
Authorities and other citizens have zero doubt that these heinous crimes are derived from nothing other than pure hate.
Breaking: Police have confirmed that there was an arson attempt last week at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Surrey, British Columbia. The Church was destroyed by a fire early this morning. pic.twitter.com/2CIDNGLnHz
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) July 19, 2021