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Updated: Police seek witnesses to suspicious fire at Brampton church

Police say the fire at the Ukrainian Catholic Church started early Sunday morning. The church previously burned to the ground in 2014 after an accidental fire.

A fire destroys the St. Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church on Heritage Rd., Brampton early Saturday morning, April 5, 2014.

Michael Maniezzo

A fire destroys the St. Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church on Heritage Rd., Brampton early Saturday morning, April 5, 2014.

Update: Police say a fire that broke out at a Ukrainian Catholic church northwest of Toronto early Sunday morning was deliberately set.

Const. Bally Saini said the fire started at 2 a.m. Sunday at St. Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church near Heritage Rd. and Bovaird Dr. W.

“The fire started in the exterior of the building, possibly by a door of the church.”

Saini said Sunday’s fire caused minor to moderate damage and no one was injured. There is currently no suspect information. The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office is also investigating.

Investigators are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area of the incident to review dash-cam footage or surveillance video around the time of the fire.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 905-453-2121, ext. 2233 or by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

The church, which was first built in 1995, burned completely to the ground in 2014 after an accidental fire. More than 17 fire trucks responded to the two-alarm blaze, which completely destroyed the building within two and a half hours.

A representative from the church declined to comment or provide further information.

The church was first built in 1995 and cost $2 million, which was raised from donations. After the 2014 fire, the church was rebuilt and reopened in October 2016.

With files from the Canadian Press

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