Prince Rupert RCMP seeking information on series of suspicious fires

The Prince Rupert RCMP is appealing to the public for information relating to several suspicious fires that have been set in the area.

  • Apr. 26, 2012 7:00 p.m.

The Prince Rupert RCMP is appealing to the public for information relating to several suspicious fires that have been set in the Prince Rupert area.

On April 4th, 2012 at 4:30 AM members from the Prince Rupert Fire Department and RCMP responded to a complaint of several garbage dumpster’s that were on fire.  These dumpster’s were located in an area between the 200 and 400 block of 2nd and 3rd Avenue West.  At the time of the incident all fires were successfully extinguished. Police performed extensive patrols throughout the area, however no witnesses or suspect(s) were located

On April 9th, 2012 at 11:47 PM members of the Prince Rupert Fire Department and RCMP responded to a complaint of a grass fire in the area of Annunciation School.  While at the scene first responders observed a portion of grass that had been burned. During this time a second call was received by the Prince Rupert Fire Department advising of a garbage dumpster fire at the Northwest College. Again, first responders attended and successfully extinguished the fire.

On April 11th, 2012 at 5:21 AM members of the Prince Rupert Fire Department and RCMP responded to a complaint of a vehicle fire in the parking lot of the Prince Rupert golf course. At the time of attendance the vehicle was ablaze and was destroyed. At this stage of the investigation it appears as though the vehicle was driven to the location before being set on fire.

On April 24th, 2012 at 8:25 AM members of the Prince Rupert RCMP Detachment received a complaint with regards to two garbage dumpster’s being set on fire the previous night. The first was set fire at the Northwest Community college and the second fire was located at Pine Crest Townhouses.  Both fires were extinguished without incident.

“In all of these cases property damage was caused and no one was injured.  Currently we are looking to identify any witnesses or suspect(s) pertaining to these investigations”. Stated Cst. Ericson spokesman for the Prince Rupert RCMP.

“We are also wanting to remind the public to keep their dumpster’s and garbage cans secure, and outdoor areas surrounding their businesses and homes clear from any debris that could pose a potential fire risk.”

As these investigations are ongoing, the Prince Rupert RCMP is asking anyone that may have information regarding these incidents to contact the Prince Rupert RCMP Detachment at 250-627-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).  Please remember that Crime Stoppers pays cash for information that leads to an arrest.  We don’t want you name just your information.

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