Delta man pleads guilty to arson attack in Tsawwassen in 2020 – Surrey Now-Leader

A Delta man pleaded guilty to arson in connection with a fire that destroyed several Tsawwassen businesses.

On November 24, Daniel Robert Hacking, 31, pleaded guilty to arson that damaged property following an investigation into a morning fire on January 1, 2020 that destroyed a commercial building at 5405, 12th Avenue.

The blaze was widespread and could not be fully extinguished until the next day, causing road closures in the area and the evacuation of neighboring homes as firefighters battled the flames. There were no injuries, but the building – which housed two dental clinics and a music school – was a total loss, with damage valued at over $ 3 million.

The DPD’s investigation included an “important step” for the video and witnesses and relied on the support of a number of sections of the department, including the patrol, the crime reduction unit, the team. support for patrols and major crimes.

“Our investigators persisted in collecting evidence during an investigation that lasted for several months. They were able to retrieve key information from a digital video recorder fully submerged in water in the burnt down structure with the help of the Delta Fire Department and Delta Engineering, ”said the Deputy Chief Harj Sidhu, Operations Manager for the Delta Police Department. in a press release.

On June 26, 2020, Hacking was charged with one count of breaking and entering with a view to committing an indictable offense and one count of arson causing damage to property in connection with the incident. The break and enter charge was stayed by the Crown after Hacking pleaded guilty to arson.

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