A massive fire at a White Rock condo complex that left at least 100 people out of their homes has been ruled “suspicious.”
White Rock RCMP says an investigation with the White Rock Fire Department has revealed that the fire was deliberately set.
White Rock RCMP Cst. Chantal Sears says the potential for Arson makes the whole incident even more disturbing.
“This fire and the resulting displacement of the building’s residents has understandably shaken our community. The fact that it is now believed this fire was intentionally set will likely cause further distress to those residents.”
It’s a sentiment echoed by Laura Cornale who owned a coffee shop in the devastated building.
“Unbelievable that this has happened to our community. Never would have thought, you know. I leave my doors unlocked at night. I think I’m going to locking them up at now.”
She says despite the news, residents are banding together.
“The community has got to pull together and support each other, and rebuild their lives. And hopefully the authorities will do what they can to find out exactly what happened. It’s shocking to know that this is happening in our community.”
The fire broke out around 5 am on May 15th in a construction site on Royal Avenue, but quickly spread to a back-facing apartment building at Pacific Avenue and Johnston Road.
Police say the massive fire that ensued left the construction site completely destroyed, and heavily damaged the apartment building.
The fire was so intense, that it taxed the city’s water supply and forced a boil water advisory that lasted for several days.
Investigators are now looking to speak with anyone who may have seen suspicious activity early that morning.
Anyone with information can call the White Rock RCMP at 778-593-3600 or contact Crime Stoppers if they wish to stay anonymous.