Vancouver – The Vancouver Police Department has released new images of a suspected arsonist who caused thousands of dollars in smoke and water damage to the Chinese Cultural Centre last weekend.
“Arson investigators from our Major Crime Section have been working since Sunday to collect evidence in this case, and we’re now releasing these images with hopes someone recognizes the suspect,” says Constable Tania Visintin. “This fire caused extensive smoke and water damage to the building, and it has been extremely upsetting to the community. Thankfully, no one was injured.”
Vancouver Police and Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services responded to reports of a fire in the rear lane of the Chinese Cultural Centre just before 5 p.m. on March 26.
VPD detectives worked with VFRS investigators to determine the cause of the fire, and launched a criminal investigation once it was determined that it was deliberately set. During that investigation, VPD uncovered video that appears to show one woman allegedly setting the fire.
“We are asking anyone who recognizes this woman to call our investigators,” adds Constable Visintin.
Anyone with information is asked to call VPD’s Major Crime Section at 604-717-2541, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.