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Statement from Park Board Chair on Hollow Tree fire

September 12 2014

“The Hollow Tree is an historic and popular attraction for residents and visitors alike,” said Park Board Chair Aaron Jasper. “We are asking the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities.”

Hollow Tree

There were two suspicious fires overnight at an iconic Vancouver landmark in Stanley Park.

The 700-year-old Hollow Tree — a western red cedar — was set ablaze twice last night; the first time around midnight and then a few hours later. Vancouver firefighters extinguished the fires and have placed a temporary guard at the location. 

“The Hollow Tree is an historic and popular attraction for residents and visitors alike,” said Park Board Chair Aaron Jasper. “We are asking the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities.”

Over the years there have been many efforts to secure the Hollow Tree. Braces and cables have been attached to the base to stabilize it. Much of this work was done by valued community partners, the Stanley Park Hollow Tree Conservation Society.

Staff will assess the fire damage to the Hollow Tree in the next few days, and will take further steps, if necessary, to protect it.

There have been other suspicious fires in Stanley Park over the past few years, and Vancouver Police Department and Fire and Rescue staff have stepped up patrols as a result. Investigators will look at possible connections between the incidents. However, at this time, there is no known link.