Calgary Police are seeking help in identifying a man they say has information about an arson attack at a church in southeast Calgary earlier this year.
On Sunday, July 4, witnesses called emergency services at around 7.20 p.m. after seeing flames coming from the Vietnamese Alliance Church in Calgary, also known as the House of Prayer Alliance Church, in the 4900 block of Forego Avenue SE.
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The Calgary Fire Department responded and quickly extinguished the blaze, but the building sustained “significant damage,” according to a statement from the Calgary Police Department.
The CPS Arson Unit began investigating the incident and spoke to several witnesses and examined CCTV in the area.
The investigation enabled police to identify the man who they say has information about the arson. Police describe him as unshaven with tattoos on his hands, wearing a black jacket, black pants and gray mittens.
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Police are asking anyone with information on the man to call 403-266-1234 or contact Crime Stoppers, citing case # 21254773/3940.
Arson investigators also explored possible links between this church fire and other incidents of church vandalism in the city, but determined that the church fire was unrelated.
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Global News has contacted the CPS regarding the delay in releasing this information. This story will be updated if a response is received.
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