Monday, June 15, 2015

Prince Rupert RCMP investigating swarm of Suspicious Vehicle Fires in the city

Three incidents between June 11 and 14 found members of the Prince Rupert detachment of the RCMP and Prince Rupert Fire Rescue dispatched to a trio of addresses on the east side of the city to deal with separate vehicle fires.

The first a fire reported at 4:35 AM in the 200 block of 7th Avenue East,  the second incident was reported one hour later, located further down the same block with another vehicle fire in the 600 block of 7th East.

The third fire report was called in on June 14th, again in the early hours of the morning with both the RCMP and Fire Department attending to a single vehicle fire in the 1000 block of Chamberlain.

Three separate vehicle fires are under investigation by the
Prince Rupert RCMP and Prince Rupert Fire Rescue

Two of the fires have been determined as having been deliberately set, while the damage to the third vehicle was such, that investigators have yet to be able to determine the cause of the fire.

The RCMP however believe that the the incidents are not isolated events and are asking that residents remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity, particularly events that may take place in the early hours of the morning

One of three vehicles that suffered heavy damage from fire
over the last three days in the City
(photo from RCMP)

"At this stage it appears as though these events are not isolated and may be related to one or more individuals...Currently the Prince Rupert RCMP and Fire Department are actively investigating; however we are also looking for any additional information from the community to assist investigators. "-- Constable Matt Ericson from the Prince Rupert RCMP with details of a recent rash of vehicle fires in the city

The investigation into all three incidents is ongoing, should anyone have any information related to the three incidents they are asked to contact the RCMP at 250-627-0700 or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

You can review the full information statement from the Prince Rupert detachment here.

For more items related to Emergency Service files see our archive page here.

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