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Charges against 3 in Coquitlam cabin arson

Charges have been laid against three men for allegedly setting fire last month to a 60-year-old cabin located on the edge of Widgeon Creek. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
Charges have been laid against three men for allegedly setting fire last month to a 60-year-old cabin located on the edge of Widgeon Creek.
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Charges have been laid against three men for allegedly setting fire last month to a 60-year-old cabin located on the edge of Widgeon Creek.

Michael Edward McNeil, Jamie Ryan Plante and Christopher Conway Sine are each facing one count of arson related to the blaze that took place on July 7.

The three men turned themselves in to police hours after media outlets broadcast photos of the suspects around the cabin shortly before it went up in the flames. The images were shot with a Bushnell hunting camera that the owner of the property had set up in a nearby tree.

Given the hot, dry weather at the time of the fire, police said it was fortunate the blaze did not spread to the nearby forrest.

The flames were hot enough to scorch trees 20 feet away and even the camera that took the images was slightly melted from the heat, although the memory card was not damaged.

David Clarke, one of the owners of the cabin, told The Tri-City News last month that the cabin was built in the 1950s for duck hunters and the structure had been in his family ever since.

The blaze destroyed the cabin, along with photographs and log books that were kept documenting water levels and weather.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

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