On June 11, 2015, the circa 1907 St. Alban the Martyr church builiding in Burnaby was damaged by a two alarm blaze that broke out in the rector's office while a crew was doing some electrical work. For more information about the fire and the immediate activity that followed please access this link.
Two weeks later, June 25, St. Alban's Rector's Warden, Marilyn Chambers provided diocesan communications with the following report:
The renewing and rebuilding of the St. Alban's church building continues at a good pace. The whole building is receiving a thorough cleaning and treatment to clear smoke residue (and dust from the rafters). Our administrative office will be open regular hours by June 30th, and we are arranging a working office for the rector. For the next few weeks, our 10am Sunday services are being held in the hall, thanks to the hard work of Firstonsite Restoration. We hope to be back in the main body of the sanctuary by late July or early August. The reconstruction of the rector's office, a nave wall, and two basement rooms should be complete in three to four months.
The June 21 Sunday School service and picnic in our hall provided a renewing of St. Alban's Parish spirit, as we celebrated the grace of our building, our spiritual home saved and our Daycare family kept safe and warmly welcomed at Edmonds Community School. God is good.