Church fire that destroyed Group of Seven murals not currently under suspicion: police
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Church fire that destroyed Group of Seven murals not currently under suspicion: police

Toronto police say a devastating fire at historic St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Anny is not currently being treated as a suspect, although investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.

A four-alarm fire ripped through the national historic site on Sunday morning, destroying its unique Group of Seven murals.

Police and fire brigades are already on the scene as some church workers were seen carrying documents from the severely damaged building.

The fire destroyed the church’s domed roof and consumed paintings by three members of the Group of Seven and other prominent Canadian artists installed in the interior in the 1920s.

No one was inside the church in the Little Portugal neighborhood at the time and no injuries were reported.

Parish Priest of the Church of St. Anny Father Don Beyers says members of the church community are shocked and grieving, but determined to rise from the ashes.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 10, 2024.

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