RCMP charge two suspects in connection with fire at Fort Chipewyan church

Two Fort Chipewyan residents have been arrested in connection to the 113-year-old catholic church that was burnt down in the community earlier in the summer.

Wood Buffalo RCMP along with emergency crews responded to the fire at 2:34 am on Aug. 25.

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Roman Catholic Church fire was unable to be extinguished and the church was destroyed.

An arson investigation was launched by the Fort Chipewyan detachment with assistance from the RMWB Regional Emergency Services Fire Investigation Unit and the Wood Buffalo Forensic Identifications Services.

19-year-old Raymond Ahyasou-Cardinal has been charged with Arson and is set to appear at the Fort Chipewyan Provincial Courthouse on Dec. 1.

An arrest warrant was issued for 26-year-old August Tanner Marcel for Arson.

Marcel turned himself in to the Fort Chipewyan RCMP on Monday, Oct. 24, and is awaiting a judicial hearing.

Members of the public who feel victimized by this crime are encouraged to contact the Wood Buffalo Victim Services Unit at 780-788-4250 for information on the completion of Victim Impact Statements and other available resources.

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