Police are optimistic that investigation into the May 2016 Five Corners arson will reach a resolution by year’s end. (File photo)

‘Resolution’ to investigation of Five Corners arson close: police

Fire swept through the area at around 5 a.m. on May 15, 2016,

More than four years after a fire devastated White Rock’s Five Corners neighbourhood, police are optimistic that their investigation into the arson is close to bearing fruit.

“The investigation is actively continuing and we are expecting a resolution by the end of this year,” Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls told Peace Arch News this month.

The fire swept through the area at around 5 a.m. on May 15, 2016, leaving nearly 100 residents of the Ocean Ridge condominium complex (located at 15210 Pacific Ave.) homeless and a dozen businesses grappling with devastating damage.

It also wreaked havoc on the under-construction Allure condominium, as well as the nearby Star of the Sea Hall.

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Police announced 10 days later that investigation had determined the blaze had been intentionally set, and that it was started in the Allure project, located immediately south of the four-storey Ocean Ridge.

Police have described the case as a “complex” one, and said “thousands” of hours have been invested in the effort to identify the person or persons responsible.

To date, no arrests have been announced.



tholmes@peacearchnews.com

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