Man Arrested After Arson Attacks at Masonic Lodges in Vancouver

Police arrested a 42-year-old man in Vancouver, Canada, on Tuesday, March 30, in connection with “a series of arsons” at Masonic lodges in Vancouver, local police said in a statement.

Police 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, the Vancouver Police Department said.

Footage provided by Renu Bakshi, shows smoke billowing from the Masonic lodge in North Vancouver.

According to local authorities, the suspect was arrested near North Fraser Way and Marine Way in Burnaby, saying in a statement that arson charges will be recommended to Crown counsel. Credit: Renu Bakshi via Storyful