Today (May 15) marks the third anniversary of a deliberately set fire in White Rock that left about 100 people without a home. Yet despite an ongoing investigation, no charges or arrests have been made.
On the morning of May 15, 2016, a fire broke out at a construction site at Pacific Avenue and Johnston Avenue after 5 a.m. in the 15200 block of Pacific Avenue in the Five Corners area of White Rock.
Residents from 60 units at the neighbouring four-storey Ocean Ridge complex at 15210 Pacific Avenue were evacuated, and the building was significantly damaged by the blaze.
In fact, the magnitude of the fire was so great that the firefighting efforts it required caused the city's reservoirs to drop to extremely low levels, leaving some properties without water and prompting an advisory from the City of White Rock for all residents to conserve and boil their water.
White Rock Fire Rescue and police later determined the fire had been purposely set by someone, launching an arson case.
Despite the fact that no arrests or charges have been made yet, White Rock RCMP issued a statement today (May 14) to assure the public that the arson investigation remains active.
White Rock RCMP stated in a news release that the detachment has “invested thousands of hours and dozens of members into this complex investigation” and that an update will be made upon the approval of any charges.