Emily Carr University closed after alleged break and enter, arson

Oct 7 2019, 6:10 am

Emily Carr University has been closed after an alleged break and enter and arson that took place over the weekend.

The post-secondary institution will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, with hopes to reopen by Wednesday.

According to the University, the unplanned closure is the result of “a small fire that took place early Saturday morning.” The school says in a statement that fortunately, the blaze was fully extinguished and that there were no injuries.

Emily Carr also says that the damage was limited, although the Research and Industry Office and Painting and Drawing studios on Level 4 were the most heavily affected. Other parts of the building were also affected by water damage, although the school says there was little damage to personal effects and artworks.

As for what caused the fire, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has begun investigating the incident.

At this point in time, police believe that the fire was “deliberately set by a person who broke into the university early Saturday morning.”

Emily Carr says that an update will be provided to students on Tuesday evening. Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact the VPD.