A United Church in Pacquet, Newfoundland caught fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Witnesses described smoke billowing out of the roof as the flames engulfed the building.

The United Church was built in 1956.

“The roof is caved in, the steeple’s gone. Siding is … she’s completely burned out. The fire is still uncontrolled,” said Fire Chief Jodie Matthews.

“It’s a total loss.”

Investigators have not been able to determine the cause or origin of the fire, but according to Matthews the building was up to date on all its inspections.