Five garbage fires that occurred overnight in Victoria are being investigated as arsons.
According to Victoria police, the arson investigation is ongoing. They confirmed four of the five fires involved garbage cans.
Victoria Fire Department Deputy Chief Dan Atkinson said from midnight from 3 a.m., they responded to four different fires, including one in the 600-block of Queens Avenue, outside the Mustard Seed Street Church and Food Bank.
Atkinson said two engines, a ladder and a rescue command vehicle were called to the fire at around 2:25 a.m. following a general alarm. The crew from the first engine was able to extinguish the fire quickly and the other crews were called off.
“The fire did not go into the structure, Atkinson said.
He added that there was “superficial damage” to the exterior cladding and the soffit. The cross on the wall was damaged significantly. There was some rubbish that was also burned during the fire.
Both police and the fire department did not provide any further details, citing the ongoing investigation into the cause of the fires. They have not said whether the fires are connected.