Ukrainian community launches fundraising campaign after priest's home set on fire in Victoria

The arson occurred in very early in the morning on Wednesday (April 20)

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      A GoFundMe page has been created for a Ukrainian family of five in Victoria whose home was torched on Wednesday (April 20).

      Andriy Fabrikov, a board member of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Victoria, created the page to help "buy the first necessities (food, clothing, etc.) and support their cat, now recovering in a vet clinic".

      Victoria firefighters were able to save the family of Ukrainian priest Father Yuriy Vyshnevskyy in the Fernwood neighbourhood. The family lives next door to the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. Nicholas.

      According to Victoria police, patrol officers and firefighters arrived on the scene in the 1100 block of Caledonia Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. They found the house fully engulfed in flames.

      "Four occupants of the home had evacuated while an additional occupant required ladder rescue by firefighters from a window ledge on the second floor," the Victoria Police Department said in a news release.

      Vyshnevskyy told CBC Radio's All Points West show that his oldest daughter landed on shattered glass and was sent to hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. The GoFundMe page stated that she was "badly injured" after jumping from the second floor.

      The priest believes that the blaze began when someone poured gasoline through the mail slot and set it on fire.

      It's being investigated as arson. According to CBC News, police say they are also looking into whether this was a hate crime, though at this point, there's "nothing to indicate motive other than the fact that it was an arson".