This fire happened just a few blocks from my house this morning. We first saw it on the news just as we started to hear the helicopters and smell the smoke. Thankfully, no-one seems to have been hurt.
From the CBC article:
A suspicious fire has destroyed the Khalsa School near the intersection of Fraser Street and 45th Avenue in East Vancouver, but the school’s holy book has been miraculously recovered from the burnt remains of the buildings. […] It is was not known what condition the book was in as firefighters brought it out covered in a white cloth, but members of the temple attributed its preservation to the will of God.
Members of the temple are free to say whatever they feel to be the truth… but is anyone else a little surprised that the (publicly funded) CBC would use the word “miraculously” in such a way?
I seem to remember similar claims being made about a religious relic that survived another fire that I saw in person – York Minster in 1984. I was a wishy-washy kind of Christian at the time and believed the claim (as well as my Grandmother’s allegedly eyewitness account of a sudden fog saving Durham Cathedral from being bombed during WWII*), but I remember touring the Minster when I was a bit older and noticing that the whole area in which the relic was stored was almost completely undamaged anyway.
IMHO it is much more likely that the most treasured items in a given building are the best protected.
ETA: and now Blackcomb Mountain (part of the Whistler resort) is on fire too. I wonder if some miracle will save Seventh Heaven (my favourite ski area on either mountain), or if the militant Olympics NIMBYs will have something to cheer about.
*Corroborating story about 2/3 of the way down this page