Man attempted to light Burnaby gas station on fire

A man was arrested under the Mental Health Act Sunday morning after he tried to light a Burnaby gas station on fire.

Police were called to the Smart Gas in the 6800 block of Canada way at about 5:30 a.m. for reports of a man trying to light a fire at the gas station, according to Burnaby RCMP.

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At the scene, an officer observed a man allegedly trying to set fire to a gas hose with a lighter, police said.

A video posted on social media shows a man crouched beside a gas pump.

This guy was trying to set the gas station on fire. This morning in Burnaby at 6am. from r/vancouver


An officer approaches in the video and briefly grapples with the man before bringing him to the ground and cuffing him.

Police said the man was apprehended under the mental health act and taken to hospital.

No one was injured during the incident, according to police.

“Thankfully, a quick and measured response from our frontline officers resulted in a safe end to what could have been a much more serious incident,” Cpl. Mike Kalanj said in a emailed statement. “The officer involved trusted his training and ensured the safety not only of the general public in the area but also the person who was taken into custody.”

There are currently no charges being considered in relation to the incident.

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