RCMP release video of suspect one year after Burnaby Hospital arson fire

Arson suspect on video

Authorities have released new surveillance video of a suspect they believe was involved in a Burnaby Hospital arson last November.

Exactly one year ago today, on Nov. 15, 2020, firefighters were called to the hospital at 10:14 p.m.

They found heavy smoke billowing from several doors and windows in the six-storey north wing, says assistant Fire Chief Dave Younger.

Inside the hospital, patients had already been evacuated to the south side by staff.

Crews located the fire on the second floor in what Younger described as a common area or recreation room.

The newly released video shows a man walking outside the hospital before stepping into an elevator inside the building during evening hours. Police say both videos were taken before the blaze started.

Burnaby RCMP confirm the person in the video is a suspect in the case and is believed to have started the fire. A still image was released in 2020 to the public, but it wasn't clear at the time if the individual was involved.

“We believe the public may be key in helping solve this crime, which caused millions of dollars in damage,” Burnaby RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Kalanj said.

“We are asking everyone to take a close look at this video and to contact police if they have any information on this suspect or this arson. We want to hear from anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, as even a small tip may be important to this investigation."

Over the past year, there have been more than 50 officers assisting with the investigation, reviewing more than 1,500 hours of video footage, according to Burnaby RCMP.

“Significant resources have been put into solving this crime over the past year, but we now need the public’s help to identify this suspect," Burnaby RCMP Investigator Cpl. Andrew Coupe added.

Anyone with information is asked to call 604-646-9522 or email [email protected].

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