On September 4th, 2023 at around 2:50 p.m. firefighters were called to Cross Connection Church on the corner of Princess and Williams in Chilliwack with the report of a fire. A total of 54 firefighters responded and when the first crews arrived, smoke and flames could be seen venting from the attic.
Firefighters initially entered the building to see if they could find where the fire started but were faced with heat and heavy smoke. Due to the rapidly deteriorating conditions inside the building, all firefighters were pulled back.
For the remainder of the fire, crews fought the blaze using multiple aerial master streams from a ladder truck while crews on the ground used handheld hoses. Many neighbours and congregation members gathered through the afternoon and evening to watch our 75-year-old church get torn down and destroyed by the fire.
By the late evening, an excavator was brought in to remove some collapse hazards and begin demolition of parts of the building. Despite the severity of the fire, some significant items inside the church were saved.
The fire left much of the church in ruins and sections of the crumpled building were still smouldering Tuesday.