October 23, 2017 11:04 pm

The fire that ravaged a $14M Shaughnessy home may have been set deliberately

Global News has new information about the owner of the heritage mansion that was virtually destroyed by what investigators are calling a “suspicious” fire. Ted Chernecki with more.


It stood for over a century.

But on a night when it was empty, a $14-million heritage home located at 3737 Angus Drive in Vancouver’s tony Shaughnessy neighbourhood was destroyed in a massive fire that investigators are treating as suspicious, after it appeared to have been set in numerous locations.

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“Right now we are treating this as an incendiary fire,” Ray Bryant, assistant fire chief with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, told Global News.

Crews were called to the property early Sunday morning, and while they were able to put down the flames, the home sustained serious damage.

“We do believe that the fire was open to what we consider unauthorized entry,” Bryant said.

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Throughout Monday, people stopped by to look at the charred property. Some might have been interested in buying the home, while others have known the property for some time.

“The driveway was filled with family members coming from around the province to celebrate somebody’s birthday, 50th anniversary,” said Lynn Connell, the wife of the home’s former owner.

“The old log beams in it? Where are you going to find that today?” said John Beattie, a neighbour.

The home’s registered owner is Miaofei Pan, who is from Mainland China but who has lived in Vancouver for more than two decades.

Pan has numerous real estate holdings. He was previously in the news last year, when he hosted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at his home.

The fundraiser proved controversial, and prompted the opposition to accuse Trudeau of using his position to grant access in exchange for money — at fundraisers that cost as much as $1,500 per plate.

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As the home was designated as a heritage property, along with numerous other homes in the neighbourhood, it’s tough to say what will happen in future.

It isn’t likely to lose that heritage status — and that means, if another structure is built on the lot, then it will have to conform to the neighbourhood.

The move to assign heritage status to the neighbourhood’s homes has also thrown the burned property’s real value into question.

The home sold for $1.75 million in 1999; it later sold for $10.7 million in 2012.

Its asssessed value was over $14 million this year.

The City of Vancouver hasn’t commented about its future.

No suspects have been named in connection with the home’s burning.

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