Fire destroys Ukrainian church in Brampton
Flames ravage St. the Elias the Prophet Church in Brampton on Saturday morning. Tash Reed/Twitter
Flames have destroyed a Ukrainian Orthodox church in Brampton, Ont., outside Toronto.
The fire started at St. Elias the Prophet Church, located on Heritage Road north of Bovaird Drive West, around 7 a.m.
Photos from Twitter user Tash Reed show that the building was fully engulfed in flames by 8:10 a.m.
"There is practically nothing left," she wrote in a tweet less than 20 minutes later.
Fire crews extinguished the two-alarm blaze, which left only a skeleton of the church behind.
Peel Regional Police say there are no reports of injuries.
According to the church’s website, the building was built in 1995 and is “steeped in the Byzantine Ukrainian tradition of wooden architecture." Its structure consists of “heavy Douglas fir timbers sheathed in western red cedar.”
Police say the cause of the fire will be investigated, and they will be involved if it's determined to be criminal.
The Brampton Professional Fire Fighters Association tweeted this picture of the fire:
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