Man charged in 4 Victoria arsons faces 2 more charges in Nanaimo

Man charged in 4 Victoria arsons faces 2 more charges in Nanaimo
Victoria firefighters responded to the Mercedes-Benz dealership on Government Street on July 12 for a vehicle fire.

A man who was charged for four suspicious fires in Victoria and Saanich is facing two more arson charges in Nanaimo.

Forty-two-year-old Edwin Singh was charged in late August for allegedly setting four fires in Greater Victoria during the summer, some of which caused “considerable damage” to vehicles and buildings.

The first fire occurred in Victoria on June 23 at a car rental business, followed by a second fire just a few blocks away on July 12.

Later that same day, another vehicle was set on fire at a car dealership in Victoria, followed by a fourth fire in Saanich on Aug. 16.


On Thursday, Victoria police and the Nanaimo RCMP said Singh had been charged with two more arsons in Nanaimo.

One of the fires occurred at Pure Gold Automotive and was captured on surveillance video, while the other fire was set in a local Walmart.

The Walmart fire was reported on Feb. 22 after smoke was seen coming from the shop’s diaper aisle. Police say the estimated cost of the fire was $2 million since the store had to be closed for several days due to smoke damage and cleaning.

Singh remains in police custody, VicPD said Thursday.

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