Former Delta resident charged with setting fire to North Delta police and fire station

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      A former Delta resident has been charged with arson after setting fire to the city's police and fire safety building in North Delta.

      Around 1:30 p.m. on October 6, a man entered the North Delta Public Safety Building and allegedly lit a fire on two couches and the front counter in the lobby.

      Civilian staff and a member of the public were present at the time, in addition to firefighters and police officers in the building.

      Staff alerted police about what was happening. Although the suspect fled the building, he was quickly located and arrested.

      No injuries were sustained from the fire.

      A former Delta resident, 30-year-old Corey Mario Tavares, faces three charges, including intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire, and possessing incendiary material for the purpose of committing offences.

      Tavares, who is known to police, was taken into custody and appeared in court on October 10.

      Although police and fire personnel continue to work in the building, the building remains closed to the public as damage from the smoke, fire, and water is still being assessed.

      Anyone who needs non-emergency police services can call 604-946-4411, or visit Delta Police headquarters in Ladner at 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent.