Vancouver man arrested for Emily Carr University arson fire

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People stand outside the new Emily Carr University of Art and Design campus in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday September 1, 2017. A Vancouver man has been arrested and charge with breaking and entering and arson on the campus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Authorities have announced the arrest of a Vancouver man in conjunction with an arson fire on the campus of Emily Carr University.

Nathan MacLeod, 40, was arrested on October 11, according to the Vancouver Police Department. He has been remanded into custody and is expected to appear this morning in Vancouver Provincial Court.

MacLeod has been charged with two counts of break and enter and one count of arson for the incident that forced the school to cancel classes for over a week.

The blaze was spotted early in the morning of Oct. 5, after the suspected break-in.

According to the school, there was limited damage from the fire and the sprinkler system.

During the course of the clean-up, safety concerns prompted the school to extend the cancellation of classes until Tues. Oct. 15.

The university, founded in 1925 and granted university status in 2008, is the only post-secondary institution in B.C. dedicated solely to professional education and learning in the arts, media and design.

Almost 2,000 students are currently enrolled in courses leading to bachelors or masters degrees, while about the same number of full- and part-time students are in the certificate and continuing studies programs.

Anyone with information about the break-in and arson is asked to contact the VPD’s Major Crime Section at 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

– with files from the Canadian Press

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom