Priest suspects church fire was lit deliberately

| April 22, 2013

An Anglican minister whose historic church hall in the inner west was gutted by fire at the weekend said he suspected the blaze had been deliberately lit.

The Holy Trinity Anglican Church building in Dulwich Hill was found well alight when fire crews responded to multiple triple-0 calls at 3.45am on Sunday.

The severely damaged former church, built in 1886 and used to house a youth centre with a gym, boxing ring and playgroup, faces demolition.

The parish priest, Father Dave Smith, said he suspected the fire to be a deliberate act of vandalism.

''There's CCTV footage which is suggesting that already, but also the next-door neighbour heard something, saw some people scurrying around there starting a little fire or something,'' he said.

The Anglican minister said he had not noticed anything amiss while working on his Sunday sermon in his office overlooking the building until about 3am.

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