Police set up command post at arson-struck church

| December 18, 2009

Durham Regional Police say they are looking for an arsonist in connection with a fire at Whitby's All Saints' Anglican Church and they want the public's help to find the person.

Police have set up a mobile command post at the fire site, located at 300 Dundas St. W., which will operate over the following hours:

* Friday: 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* Saturday, Dec. 19: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* Monday, Dec. 21: 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"Our station is a little distant from here, so we'll bring the station to the people, make it more convenient for them," Det. Larry Nobbs told CTV Toronto.

He's hoping someone who may have drove through the area at the time of the fire may have saw something that they didn't think to be significant will show up at the command post and tell police.

The fire broke out at 5 a.m. on Monday. With the discovery of a gas can at the scene and reports of a suspicious vehicle in the area, the authorities immediately suspected arson.

The 143-year-old church is estimated has suffered an estimated $2 million to $3 million in damage.

Fire investigators have collected evidence that will be studied by forensic scientists.

On the plus side, people in the area have rallied to replace Christmas hampers that were destined for needy families in Whitby.

Starting his Sunday, the congregation will worship at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at 209 Cochrane St., which is north of Dundas Street.

"Following Coffee/Tea time after the service there will an opportunity to meet with Bishop Linda Nicholls and with counsellors from Catholic Family Services who have offered their time to help us all through the grief of this moment. Please stay after the service & refreshments for this important time together," the church said on its website.

All Saints' hopes to be back in its office and hall by January.

Peope who might have information about the crime can call Nobbs at 1-8888-579-1520, ext. 1832.

People can also contact Durham Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

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