Police investigating possible arson after early morning fires at Vancouver tennis, yacht clubs

Fires were allegedly set at the Jericho Tennis Club and Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Vancouver police are investigating and a suspect is in custody after two fires were set early Monday morning.

Vancouver police spokesperson Const. Jason Doucette said police received a call about the fires at the Jericho Tennis Club and the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club just after 5 a.m.

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“Firefighters were on scene and dealing with the fire. Our officers attended the area and they were able to locate an arson suspect on Jericho Beach,” Doucette said, adding that officers arrested a 33-year-old man.

In a notice to members sent out Monday, the tennis club said that the suspect allegedly broke into the club via the lower level beach entrance and set a small fire near the water fountain next to the squash courts.

According to the message, there was no structural damage but there is some damage from the smoke and water.

“It’s still very early in the investigation and we’re still trying to figure out exactly what we’re dealing with,” Doucette said.

More to come.

@JessicaEKerr

jkerr@vancourier.com

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