Suspected arsonist faces charges after pier fire in New Westminster, B.C.

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — A suspect has been identified after a fire destroyed part of a pier in New Westminster, B.C.

Police say the man facing arson-related charges was taken into custody on Tuesday and has since been released on a number of conditions.

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Deputy Chief Const. Paul Hyland says the fire reported Sunday evening at Westminster Pier Park has had a significant impact on the community.

It stretched for several blocks and parts of a wharf continue to smolder at the popular community hub and tourist spot that includes a playground and public art.

Environment Canada says the smoke is adding to already poor air quality due to wildfire smoke wafting into B.C. from Washington and Oregon in the United States.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact investigators.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 17, 2020.

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