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No arrests, three years after White Rock arson forced 100 people out of their homes

Last Updated May 15, 2019 at 12:24 pm PDT

(Kenny Mason, NEWS 1130 photo)
Summary

No arrests have been made three years after White Rcok arson but RCMP say investigation very active

Dozens of families were displaced after May 15, 2016 fire tore through building under construction and damaged condo

WHITE ROCK (NEWS 1130) – It’s been three years since a massive, deliberately set fire forced 100 people out of their homes in White Rock’s Five Corners area.

No arrests have been made so far but White Rock RCMP say the investigation is very active and moving forward.

“It is on a priority for the White Rock RCMP to have this investigated thoroughly and to forward charges in the near future,” says Constable Chantal Sears.

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The fire, on the morning of May 15, 2016, destroyed a building under construction near Johnston Road and Buena Vista Avenue and an adjacent condo complex sustained significant smoke and water damage. It was later determined to have been deliberately set.

Sears won’t say if they’re close to making an arrest of if they have a person of interest.

“We wanna make sure when we submit the charges that it’s done right, so it’s being done very thoroughly and we know that there is many people impacted by this, businesses were impacted, community members were impacted.”

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Sears say they’ve invested thousands of hours into the investigation over the last three years.

“Once the evidence comes back and has been analyzed we will hopefully be forwarding charges for approval to crown counsel.”