Sooke RCMP investigate suspicious fire

Sooke

2021-10-13 15:01 HAP

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Aux termes de la Loi sur les langues officielles, ce bureau n'offre des services au public qu'en anglais. Vous trouverez des renseignements généraux dans les deux langues officielles au cb.grc.ca et www.grc.ca.

On October 13, 2021, at 5:30 a.m., the Sooke RCMP were requested to assist Sooke Fire Department with a structure fire on Otter Point Road. RCMP members arrived on scene and communication with Sooke Fire quickly revealed that there was no power to the involved structure and, as such, the fire was considered suspicious in nature. Sooke RCMP initiated an Arson investigation which is in its early stages, and ongoing.

Anyone travelling Otter Point Road between 2:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. is asked to report any observations or dash camera footage to the Sooke RCMP in person or by phone at 250-642-5241.

The recent structure fire on Otter Point Road is considered the fourth suspicious fire to occur within the District of Sooke in the last 2 months. All four fires have been in a similar geographic area, all within walking distance from the downtown core.

On August 11, 2021 a suspicious fire occurred at an abandoned / unoccupied structure on Eustace Road. A second fire was discovered by police at the same location on September 18, 2021. On September 27, 2021, Sooke RCMP and Sooke Fire responded to a fire inside a derelict and abandoned vehicle at an abandoned / unoccupied residence on Townsend Road.

Clearly a pattern of suspicious fires has been established and investigators are working to identify a suspect and in turn, prevent further person-caused fires in our community said Sergeant Kevin Shaw, Operations Commander for the Sooke RCMP.

Each fire has been reported in the late night or early morning hours, and the Sooke RCMP encourage members of the public to report any information about the fires, or any suspicious activities to the Sooke RCMP. While each of these fires have involved unoccupied property, they still pose an obvious risk to the public and to the emergency services called to respond, added Sgt. Shaw.
 

Released by:
Sgt. Kevin Shaw
Sooke RCMP - Operations NCO
250-642-5241


 

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