Arsonist torches playground in Duncan, police seeking witnesses: RCMP

Arsonist torches playground in Duncan, police seeking witnesses: RCMP
No one was injured but authorities say the popular playground has been significant damaged.

A playground in Duncan was lit on fire early Friday morning.

No one was injured, but authorities say the popular playground was significant damaged. Now, police are hoping to find those responsible.

The Duncan Fire Department was called out to the scene at 2:40 a.m., and Mounties from the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment responded shortly after.

They say the popular playground at 325 First Street was fully engulfed when they arrived.

“I was so disappointed to arrive and find our popular children’s park was on fire,” said Constable Alex Santaga.  “This is a big hit for the community as we come into our summer months when this park is normally very busy.”

The case remains in its early stages of investigation, and police hope someone in the area may have witnessed something.

Local authorities are asking residents to examine their property surveillance cameras for any potential evidence.

Specifically, they are seeking footage captured between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 2:40 a.m. on May 26, in the hopes of identifying any individuals who may have been seen roaming the vicinity during that timeframe.

“I know the investigators will do everything that can to determine who is responsible, however a big piece for this investigation with be community members reaching out to us with information,” said Inspector Chris Bear.

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