No foul play suspected in fire


Vancouver: The fire at the newly renovated Ross Street Temple in south Vancouver late last week is not believed to be suspicious.

Early estimates put the damage at about $1 million. The roof was badly burned.

Fire Captain Jonathan Gormick said it was difficult to say when people could return to the facility.

Flames broke out just before 2:30 a.m. last Friday. Crews had a hard time getting in to the building because of the heavy smoke and heat. No one was hurt.

The temple had recently undergone multi-million dollar.

In the meantime, other temples have stepped up to help facilitate weddings and prayer ceremonies.

Hotly contested elections to the temple’s administrative committee are due to be held later this month.

The temple has in the past been embroiled in numerous controversies and power struggles among various groups vying for power.