RCMP investigating parade float arson at Sikh Temple

Nov 10 2020, 9:12 am

Police are investigating after a “weekend arson” that occurred at a Sikh Temple in Burnaby.

The Burnaby RCMP says that the blaze occurred on Friday, November 6 at approximately 9 pm, on the 7200 blocks of Gilley Avenue.

“Upon attendance Frontline officers located a parade float in the parking lot of a Sikh Temple at this location that was on fire,” reads a police statement.

There were no injuries that occurred as a result of the fire.

Damage was dealt, however, to the exterior of the building, as well as smoke damage to one of the rooms.

Police are now asking for anyone that may have witnessed the incident to contact them. Those with dashcam footage who were in the area of Beresford Street and Gilley Avenue last Friday between 8:30 and 9:30 pm are also asked to step forward.

At this point in the investigation, investigators say they “have not discovered anything that would indicate this incident was racially motivated.”

Luckily, Burnaby Fire Department was quick to respond and there were no injuries as a result of this incident, says Corporal Mike Kalanj of the Burnaby RCMP.

However, the risk of injury in this type of situation is high and we’re asking anyone with information that can help police in this investigation to please come forward.

Those with information can contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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