While the skeleton of the only church in Grise Fiord, Nunavut, still stands, the interior is completely gutted after a fire Tuesday night.
The pews are gone as is a devotional image of Jesus and Mary, which had hung in the church for years and was painted by a partially-sighted woman, according to the community’s mayor Meeka Kiguktak.
Kiguktak said St. Peter’s Anglican Church played a central role in the hamlet of about 130 people.
“It seems like without it, there’s a lot missing in our community. It’s a place where we mourn together, we celebrate together, it’s a place where everybody comes together,” said Kiguktak.
The fire started around 11 p.m. on Feb. 27. Kiguktak says she called on firefighters to respond, as well as people in neighbouring homes.
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