Is this a taste of Hell?
I don’t promote abuse or property destruction, but seeing three (demonic) Masonic Lodges burn to the ground isn’t going to make me cry….
What are your thoughts?
On Tuesday morning, Vancouver police arrested a 42-year-old man accused of arson in three fires at Masonic lodges throughout Metro Vancouver.
According to Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Const. Tania Visintin, an off-duty officer driving past the Masonic temple near Rupert Street and East 29th Avenue in Vancouver saw a man walking away from the burning house.
A bystander’s video captures flames licking at the temple’s entrance as a man carries a red jerrycan to the trunk of a black truck. The off-duty officer then threatens him.
According to police, the man managed to flee but was apprehended just before 10 a.m. in Burnaby near North Fraser Way and Marine Way, around a 20-minute drive from the last of the fires.
During a press conference, Visintin praised the off-duty cop, saying, “He did a wonderful job in stopping and speaking to this suspect.”
“He tried to arrest the suspect, but a struggle ensued, and the suspect managed to flee.”
On Tuesday morning, North Vancouver firefighters responded to a fire near Lonsdale Avenue and 12th Street, one of three Masonic lodge fires in the metro Vancouver area. Police later reported that a 42-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident.
Two other fires were identified earlier in the morning at Masonic lodges in North Vancouver, prompting the Vancouver burn. No one was hurt in the fires or the arrest, according to police, who are seeking arson charges.
Investigators have provided few information about the suspect or his potential motivations, other than the fact that he has a history of encounters with the police and no prior arson convictions.
Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP said, “We don’t have answers as to the motive.” “We’d like to know the answers to those questions as well.”
Prior to Tuesday’s explosions, Visintin said she was unaware of any clear threats to Masonic organizations.
The fires started early on Tuesday morning.