North Vancouver investigators seek witnesses after series of arson fires

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      As B.C. is facing wildfires and related evacuations and several churches in the province have been burnt down, North Vancouver has been experiencing a series of arsons.

      North Vancouver RCMP announced in a news release issued today (July 19) that a male suspect has been arrested after a series of arson fires that took place between 12:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on July 15.

      The series of fires included:

      • around 12:50 a.m., at a newspaper box on Lonsdale Avenue at 14th Street (investigators are seeking to identify three witnesses at this scene who helped to extinguish this fire);
      • around 12:55 a.m., at a garbage can on Lonsdale Avenue at 14th Street;
      • around 5:30 p.m., in a Dumpster in the alley west of Lonsdale Avenue, between West 1st Street and West 2nd Street;
      • around 6 p.m., in a Dumpster in the underground parkade at 150 West Esplanade;
      • around 6:45 p.m., at an air-conditioner unit outside a building at 123 Carrie Cates Court.

      Officers arrested the suspect near the fifth fire.

      According to North Vancouver RCMP, each fire caused different amounts of property damage. However, no one was injured in these fires.

      Investigators are seeking to speak with witnesses or anyone who has surveillance footage by contacting Cpl. Adrian Bissenden of the North Vancouver RCMP Major Crimes unit at 604-969-7572.

      North Vancouver RCMP
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