41-year-old Vancouver man pleads guilty to arson at Emily Carr University

Oct 9 2020, 1:49 pm

A Vancouver man pled guilty this week to criminal charges in relation to a serious arson incident that occurred last year at Emily Carr University.

On Friday, Vancouver police said Nathan Macleod, 41, pled guilty Wednesday to deliberately setting fire at Emily Carr University of Art and Design on October 5, 2019.

Vancouver Fire Rescue Services initially responded to the fire. Vancouver Police took over the investigation after it was determined the fire was suspicious. Macleod was arrested a few days after.

The post-secondary institution was closed to students for a week as a result of the blaze and subsequent clean-up that was required.

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One of the atriums on the University’s fourth floor after the fire. (Rob Maguire/ECU)

According to a statement from Emily Carr, the fire was fully extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system, but the water caused a significant amount of damage to walls and ceilings.

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Industrial blowers being used to prevent mould from forming on the school’s hallways last year. (Rob Maguire/ECU)

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The fourth floor of the university last year. (Rob Maguire/ECU)

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Restoration staff working in the university’s wood shop last year. (Rob Maguire/ECU)

Sentencing will occur December or January.

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