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Alleged Arsonist Arrested after 3 Fires at Masonic Lodges in Metro Vancouver Area

Vancouver police arrested a 42-year-old man suspected of arson in three fires at Masonic lodges in Metro Vancouver on Tuesday morning.

The arrest came after an off-duty police officer driving past the Masonic temple near Rupert Street and East 29th Avenue in Vancouver noticed a man walking away from the building as it burned, according to Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Const. Tania Visintin.

Video taken by a bystander shows flames licking at an entrance to the temple as a man carries a red jerrycan to the trunk of a black van. He is then confronted by the off-duty officer.

The man managed to get away but was then arrested just before 10 a.m. in Burnaby near North Fraser Way and Marine Way, about a 20-minute drive from the location of the last of the fires, according to police.

“He did a great job in stopping and speaking to this suspect,” Visintin told reporters during a news conference, referring to the off-duty officer.

“He attempted to take the suspect into custody, a fight ensued, and the suspect was able to get away.”

North Vancouver fire crews responded to a fire near Lonsdale Avenue and 12th Street on Tuesday morning, one of three fires at Masonic lodges in the metro Vancouver area. Police later said they had arrested a 42-year-old man in connection with the fire. (Submitted by Carol Reimer)

The Vancouver fire followed two other blazes that were reported earlier in the morning at Masonic lodges in North Vancouver. Police say no one was injured during the fires or the arrest, and are recommending arson charges.

Investigators have released few details about the suspect or possible motives, except to say that he has a history of interactions with the police and no history of arson.

“We don’t have answers as to the motive,” North Vancouver RCMP Sgt. Peter DeVries said. “Those are questions that we want answers to as well.”

Visintin said she was not aware of any specific threats to Masonic organizations before Tuesday’s fires.

Fires began early Tuesday morning

North Vancouver RCMP received reports of the first fire at the Lynn Valley lodge just before 6:45 a.m.

A few minutes later, just before 7 a.m., they were notified of a second fire at Duke of Connaught Lodge No. 64 near Lonsdale Ave. and 12th St., a 10-minute drive away.

First responders said the third fire was reported at the Park Lodge Masonic Hall in Vancouver just before 7:30 a.m.

“This was a really quick-moving, fast investigation,” DeVries said. 

While police tried to identify a suspect and draw connections between the three fires, officers were posted to other Masonic halls in the city.

The entrance to the Park Lodge Masonic Hall near Rupert St. and 29th Ave. in Vancouver has been taped off. Police said they were investigating an arson. (Christian Amundson/CBC News)

In Vancouver, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Sereda said police were already on scene by the time fire crews arrived.

“They had been contacted by a passerby,” he said, adding a fire investigator was also at the scene to determine the cause of the fire.

The glass of the centre’s front door had been smashed and the inside stairwell was burned and blackened. 

Fire crews work to extinguish a fire at a Masonic Hall on Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver on Tuesday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Lonsdale fire ‘a scene of devastation’

In North Vancouver’s Lonsdale neighbourhood, Terri Bubas said she could see flames from the Duke of Connaught Lodge No. 64 from two blocks away. 

“Lots of flames and the brickwork has collapsed and the top of the building,” she said. “It’s quite a scene of devastation, actually.”

Flames engulf a building near Lonsdale Avenue and 12th Street in North Vancouver on Tuesday. (Submitted by Terri Bubas)

Bubas saw at least five fire trucks along with police cars and ambulances on scene.

The city block where the Lonsdale fire started includes a fitness center, a juice restaurant, and office space.

‘The whole sky was filled with smoke’

In North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley area, Assistant Fire Chief Jeremy Duncan said a neighbour reported the fire at the Lynn Valley Lodge, near Lynn Valley Road and Harold Road.

Police tape blocks off the scene of a fire that broke out at a Masonic Hall in Lynn Valley in North Vancouver early Tuesday morning. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

“Upon arrival, there were heavy flames on the entranceway and the exterior of the building,” he said. Additional units were called to respond, Duncan said, and at least 26 firefighters were on the scene.

Hannah Sluis, a barista at Waves Coffee on Mountain Highway, says she saw flames engulfing the lodge as she drove to work.

“As I got to work the whole sky was filled with smoke,” she said. “I just did my best to keep it out of the store.”

Sluis said she saw at least eight firefighters on the scene and that the road had been blocked off.

Yellow Vests ransack MASONIC LODGE in French village

Originally published @ RT
by Staff Writer, March 10th, 2019

A crowd of Yellow Vest protesters broke into and trashed a Masonic lodge in the French village of Tarbes. The ransacking has been condemned by the French government, who accused the protesters of “stupidity” and “intolerance.”

Some 450 protesters had gathered in Tarbes on Saturday for the 17th straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations. Around midnight, La Dépêche paper reported, some protesters began shouting “we’re going to the freemasons!”

A smaller crowd of protesters marched on the Masonic temple, with one battering down the door of the secretive organization’s clubhouse. More protesters pelted rocks at the building and eventually the group forced its way inside. They overturned furniture, trashed the esoteric art hanging on the walls, and stole four ceremonial swords; they gave these back later on.View image on Twitter

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Ulysse Paris@ulyssepariser

À #Tarbes, des #Giletsjaunes saccagent le temple des Francs-Maçons … https://www.ladepeche.fr/2019/03/10/a-tarbes-des-gilets-jaunes-saccagent-le-temple-des-francs-macons,8059663.php …4810:01 AM – Mar 10, 201961 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

Police have opened an investigation, and France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner condemned the vandalism.

“After the Jews, the Freemasons,” he tweeted, alluding to alleged anti-Semitism within the ranks of the protesters. “When stupidity encounters intolerance, it is the worst.” Castaner also accused the Yellow Vests of having “no other project than hatred.”

Christophe Castaner@CCastaner

Après les juifs, les francs-maçons…

Quand la bêtise rivalise avec l’intolérance la plus crasse.

Je salue l’intervention rapide de la @PoliceNationale qui a mis fin aux exactions de ces individus qui n’ont d’autre projet que la haine.

Ne lâchons rien.https://www.ladepeche.fr/2019/03/10/a-tarbes-des-gilets-jaunes-saccagent-le-temple-des-francs-macons,8059663.php …2,4318:30 AM – Mar 10, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy[VIDEO] À Tarbes, des Gilets jaunes saccagent le temple des Francs-MaçonsDans la nuit de samedi à dimanche, en marche de la mobilisation nocturne, des Gilets jaunes ont violemment dégradé le temple maçonnique de Tarbes. Ils ont notamment dérobé, puis restitué des épées et…ladepeche.fr2,245 people are talking about this

Across the country, somewhere between 28,000 and 90,000 protesters took to the streets on Saturday to voice their opposition to the policies of unpopular president Emmanuel Macron, which, they say, benefit the rich but not the majority. Some 2,000 protesters have been injured and dozens maimed in clashes with police since November.

The movement’s organizers have planned a massive demonstration for next Saturday, timed to coincide with the end of President Macron’s three-month ‘Great National Debate,’ a public forum aimed at quelling the tide of dissent in France and forging “a new contract with the nation.”

The Yellow Vests have mostly focused their attention on Macron’s economic policies, and have not singled out the Freemasons as a target. However, the Masons’ secretive nature and powerful membership have made the organization a target for popular anger in the past and has fueled countless conspiracy theories.