Firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed the Glenreagh Catholic Church early Sunday morning.
Firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed the Glenreagh Catholic Church early Sunday morning. Jennie Seed

Police treat Glenreagh church fire as suspicious

POLICE and Rural Fire Service investigators are looking into two fires within 24 hours in Glenreagh, with a blaze that destroyed the St Paul's Catholic Church currently being treated as suspicious.

Around 5am, fire services including local RFS and Fire Rescue NSW were called to the blaze, but found the church fully alight, and were unable to save the building.

The church blaze was the second structural fire in 24 hours in the region, after a shed containing a number of vehicles was engulfed in flames, causing significant damage.

Coffs/Clarence Police District detectives established a crime scene, which is being examined by forensic specialists.

Detectives continue with inquiries into the incident, however at this stage the blaze is being treated as suspicious.

Clarence Valley Rural Fire Service district manager Superintendent Stuart Watts said both RFS and NSW Police were investigating the cause of the two fires.

"The church was totally destroyed by the fire, and significant damage was done to the shed and vehicles that were inside, so we will be investigating to get to the bottom of the matter," he said.

After a busy morning, Supt Watts praised the efforts of the fire crews involved in containing the two fires.

"A considerable number of resources from both RFS and Fire and Rescue NSW were used to contain the fire, and they did a fantastic job in the circumstances."

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact police.

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