Police investigate suspicious fire to cell tower


2022-02-24 15:53 PST

File # 2022-558

The Ladysmith RCMP is investigating after receiving a report of a suspicious fire at a cell tower in Ladysmith.

On February 23, 2022 at around 8:00 a.m., the Ladysmith RCMP responded to a call of a fire at a cell tower on McGillivary Road near Spruston Road. The call originated from a staff member of Telus Mobility who was sent to the location to investigate a service disruption at around midnight.
When frontline officers attended, there was enough evidence gathered to suggest that this was a deliberate act to damage the infrastructure.

The facility is shared by both Telus and Rogers.

Mobility and 9-1-1 service has been temporarily interrupted for an approximately 30-40 km radius from the tower site, which includes the communities of Cassidy, and the Nanaimo airport, Cedar Rd and Yellow point road near Nanaimo Airport will also be affected with no Service. There is still some cellular service in the area due to overlapping coverage, but calls made in the aforementioned locations may not be completed due to the tower and equipment damage. Rogers is assessing damage and is aiming to have service restores as soon as possible.

"The RCMP Forensic Identification Service (FIS) attended and processed the scene. The RCMP is also working collaboratively with the Office of the Fire Commissioner", says Corporal Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the BC RCMP.

No further information is available at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215.

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Cpl. Alex Bérubé

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Island District
2881 Nanaimo St, Victoria, BC V8T 4Z8
Office: 250-380-6110
Cell: 778-836-8153

Email: alex.berube@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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