Delta resident pleads guilty to 2020 arson

A major arson investigation in Tsawwassen has now concluded with a guilty plea, Delta Police announced on Thursday.

On January 1, 2020, a commercial building that was home to two dental practices and a music school located at 5405 12th Avenue was destroyed by fire. The property was a total loss with damages valued at over $3,000,000.   This deliberate act significantly impacted the businesses, employees, their customers, and Tsawwassen residents.

“Our investigators were persistent in their collection of evidence over an investigation that spanned several months. They managed to retrieve key information from a digital video recorder fully submerged in water in the burned structure with the assistance of Delta Fire Department and Delta Engineering Services,” said Deputy Chief Harj Sidhu in charge of Operations.

The investigation included a significant canvass for video and witnesses and relied on support from a number of different sections of Delta Police including Patrol, the Crime Reduction Unit, the Patrol Support Team and the Major Crime Section.

The investigative team’s efforts resulted in Daniel Robert Hacking, 31, of Delta being held accountable for arson damaging property.