Langara College remains closed after suspected arson and arrest

Apr 2 2019, 3:15 pm

Langara College remains closed for the day after a suspected arson incident.

Faculty staff explain that classes on West 49th campus remain cancelled as they prepare to secure personal property and resume operation.

The daycare will also be closed.

Information for students on how to recover their belongings is expected to come later this morning.

Classes being held at the West Broadway campus and any off-site practicum will continue as scheduled.

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On Monday, April 1, just before 12 pm, first responders received reports of a suspicious fire on Langara’s West 49th campus.

At 1:15 pm, the school announced that the campus was closed for the day and all exams and classes were cancelled.

After speaking with witnesses, police determined that the suspect had allegedly entered the college with “incendiary devices.” It’s believed that the suspect may have lit one or more fires before fleeing the scene.

Fortunately, the campus was safely evacuated and there were no reports of injuries.

Later in the afternoon, just after 4 pm, a man in his 20s was arrested in Surrey by Metro Vancouver Transit Police. He is currently in custody.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the VPD’s Major Crime Section at (604) 717-2541.

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