ON Tuesday, September 15, the New Westminster Police Department arrested a male for arson-related offences in connection to the Westminster Pier Park fire. The male suspect has since been released from custody on a number of conditions. Based on the investigation to date, the NWPD do not believe the public are at further risk and are not looking for additional suspects.
The NWPD Major Crime Unit is continuing to gather evidence and anticipate forwarding a report to Crown Counsel for the consideration of formal charges.
“This investigation is continuing and we would still encourage anyone with information to come forward and speak with our investigators,” said Sgt. Sanjay Kumar.
“Fire investigations by their very nature are extremely difficult,” said Deputy Chief Constable Paul Hyland. “And we have had significant resources dedicated to this investigation day and night since the fire began. I am very proud of the hard work and professionalism shown by our members on this file as public safety has been a paramount concern throughout.”
“While I am pleased this investigation is moving forward, I am mindful of the significant impact this fire has had,” added Chief Constable Dave Jansen. “And I would like to thank all the first responders, City staff and community members who have contributed to mitigating the impact on our community.”
Police are asking anyone with information about the fire to contact Major Crime Unit investigators at 604-525-5411.