Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Canadian oilsands exec mystified by firebombing of home in Edmonton

EDMONTON - A former top oil executive and his wife are searching for answers after the firebombing of their Edmonton home on the weekend left them homeless.
“My wife and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our home and our personal possessions,” said Jim Carter, a former Syncrude Canada Ltd. president and chief operating officer, in a news release.
“At the moment, we have very little information about what may have transpired or why,” Carter said.
Patrycia Thenu, an Edmonton police spokeswoman, said investigators are still hunting for a motive in the arson case, including possible connections to eco-terrorism. “Nothing has been ruled out,” she said.
Edmonton police revealed on Jan. 12 that several Molotov cocktails were recovered inside the charred remains of the Carters' luxury home in a southwest Edmonton neighborrhood.
A witness reported seeing four youths running from the area at the time the fire began on Jan. 10 around 8 p.m., according to police.
Nobody was in the two-story home at the time of the blaze, and damage is estimated at $850,000.

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