On Dec. 31, 2022, at approximately 11:30 p.m. , Hay Lakes Fire Department, and Camrose RCMP responded to a call of a structure fire on Highway 623.

Upon arrival to the area, it was found that the St. Joseph’s Lutheran Church was completely engulfed in flames. Despite efforts of the first responders, the church was completely burned. After the initial investigation from the fire examiner, it was determined that the fire was intentionally set. 

The matter is still under investigation by the Wetaskiwin RCMP General Investigative Section. 

Wetaskiwin RCMP are seeking public assistance in identifying the suspect responsible.  Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Wetaskiwin General Investigation Section at 780-312-7200 or call your local police.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or using the “P3 TIPS” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.