Arson Suspected in British Columbia Gurdwara Fire

March 27, 2006

Source: Telus

On March 27, 2006 Telus reported, "Police are investigating after a fire completely gutted the interior of a Sikh temple in Williams Lake on Sunday.

RCMP and the Williams Lake Fire Department were attending a fire in a mobile home on Sunday afternoon, when they got the call to the temple.

Firefighters had just managed to confine that trailer fire, when they got the alarm on the fire at the Gurdwara Western Singh Sabha Temple

They were able to save the structure, but the interior was destroyed. Damage is estimated at $500,000.

RCMP believe the fires are connected, and suspect that both were deliberately set.

An 18-year-old male has been arrested. Sean Alan Downey faces a charge of arson and damage to property.

RCMP say they don't believe racism was a factor. The Crown counsel's office is seeking a psychiatric evaluation for the teen."