Mission RCMP investigate suspicious fires

Mission

2023-10-05 16:05 PDT

File # 2023-12075

Shortly before 6pm on October 4, Mission RCMP and the Mission Fire Rescue Service responded to a report of a structure fire at 30819 Gunn Avenue, Mission, which is believed to have been a vacant property. First responders arrived to find several buildings on the property on fire, with indications that the fires had been intentionally set.

At 7 am this morning, Mission RCMP and the fire department were called to a different property on Gunn Avenue, for another structure fire. Investigators arrived to find that multiple areas of that property appeared to have been intentionally set ablaze, however due to considerable possible safety risks to all emergency responders, police and fire personnel were forced to keep away from the burning structures. One male has been identified as the suspect, and is believed to still be on the large rural property. There is no indication that there is anyone else on the property. The Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team was called in, and residents in neighbouring houses were evacuated as a precaution.

This has been a challenging situation, with significant safety risks to all first responders says Corporal Harrison Mohr with Mission RCMP. Our officers are working diligently to try to bring about a peaceful resolution to this matter.

As of the time of this release, the situation was still active and ongoing. The public is asked to stay away from the area, and not to share the locations of emergency responders over social media. The Mission RCMP thank the residents in the area for their patience.

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Cpl. Harrison Mohr

Media Relations Officer
Mission RCMP
7171 Oliver St, Mission, BC V2V 6H2
Office: 604-826-7161
Fax: 604-820-3548

Email: harrison.mohr@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: mission.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)

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