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Suspect in New Westminster Pier Park fire dies, case closed

Last Updated May 20, 2021 at 9:25 pm PDT

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The fire in September of 2020 devastated the pier, destroyed an iconic work of art

The man charged in relation to the fire has now passed away, no other suspects are being sought

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) — New Westminster police say charges related to a fire that devastated Pier Park last fall will not proceed to court because the suspect has died.

The fire broke out Sept. 13, engulfing five to six acres of the wide, timber pier, sending flames shooting into an ashy sky and plumes of smoke billowing across the Fraser River. The pier smoldered for several days, and took months to rebuild and reopen.


In October, 49-year-old Sean Warnick was charged with mischief to property and arson with damage to property.

On Thursday, police announced the charges have been “abated” because Warnick — who was released from custody with conditions — has passed away.

“There is no further investigation being conducted by the NWPD and no additional suspects being sought at this time,” says a statement form the New Westminster Police Department.