Sunday, January 25, 2009

Burn the Rich! Eco-Arsonists Torch Home of Syncrude President & CEO Jim Carter

This Edmonton house belonging to former Syncrude president Jim Carter was destroyed by a fire that police said was deliberately set on Saturday night. (CBC)

From our comrades at Bombs & Shields:

Edmonton, Canada – The luxury home of former Syncrude president and CEO Jim Carter was burned down by an arsonist Saturday night. Investigators believe that environmental concerns may have been the motive. The building was struck by two molotov cocktails and was quickly consumed by flames, before firefighters had a chance to control the blaze. Damages were estimated at $850,000. Carter—who has ties to the oil and gas industry—was out, as were his family members, at the time of the incident which took place at approximately 8:15 PM. No one was injured fighting the fire.

Former Syncrude president and CEO Jim Carter speaks to reporters Monday near the charred remains of his Edmonton home. (CBC)

Former Syncrude executive arson target:

From CTV Calgary

Investigators say a home that was gutted by a massive blaze Saturday evening in Edmonton was deliberately set on fire, and some neighbours suspect the homeowner was being targeted because of his ties to the oil and gas industry.

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Arson blamed as former oilsands executive’s home destroyed:

From CBC Canada

The fire that destroyed the home of a former oilsands company executive on Saturday night was caused by Molotov cocktails, Edmonton police said Monday.

Nobody was in the home owned by former Syncrude president and chief operating officer Jim Carter, who retired in 2007.

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