A 42-year-old man was arrested in Vancouver, Canada, on Tuesday, March 30, in connection with “a series of arsons” at Masonic lodges in North Vancouver and Vancouver that morning, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) said in a statement.
Police had launched investigations after fires were reported in quick succession at three lodges on Tuesday morning, including two in North Vancouver and one in Vancouver.
North Vancouver RMCP said they received reports of fires at Lynn Valley Lodge at 6.45 am and at the Duke of Connaught Lodge No. 64 (North Vancouver Masonic Centre) shortly before 7 am. The third fire was reported just before 7.30 am at the Masonic Temple near Vancouver’s Rupert Street and East 29th Avenue, VPD said.
This footage, captured by Robert Mogensen, shows smoke billowing from the Duke of Connaught Lodge No. 64.
Police said the suspect was arrested near North Fraser Way and Marine Way in Burnaby. “Arson charges will be recommended to Crown counsel,” police said. Credit: Robert Mogensen via Storyful