Delta police investigating Tsawwassen fire that destroyed commercial building as suspicious

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      A number of fires in the Delta area that have occurred over the past few months have been deemed suspicious, with the latest one occurring on New Year’s Day.

      The Delta Police Department (DPD) stated in a January 3 news release that an investigation has been launched into a fire that started at a commercial building at 5405 12th Avenue in Tsawwassen shortly before 4 a.m. on January 1. Residents were evacuated from nearby homes overnight for public safety.

      There weren’t any injuries reported but the building, which housed professional services, was destroyed.

      Based on evidence collected by investigators, police are regarding the fire as suspicious.  

      Anyone who has photos or videos or who observed suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact the DPD at 604-946-4411.

      This fire follows several other fires in the Delta area.

      On October 2, the Brass Eagle Tattoo Shop in Ladner was destroyed by a blaze that investigators regarded as suspicious. The DPD had released an image from surveillance footage of a person of interst in the area before the fire began. 

      On October 7, three abandoned houses were found on fire at two locations in Delta.

      On December 28, Delta Fire contacted the DPD about five garbage bins set on fire that are suspected to be arson.

      No connections have been established between these fires.

      “Investigators understand the community may be concerned after the two suspicious empty home fires in October, 2019,” DPD spokeperson Cris Leykauf stated in a news release. “Whether or not there are any links between those fires and the Jan. 1 fire remains to be determined, but police want the public to know that investigators will be considering all options.”