Police in Saanich are investigating following a spate of dumpster fires in the community.
According to a press release from the Saanich Police Department, officers along with members of the Saanich Fire Departments have attended four dumpster fires in the community.
The first fire took place at around 11:25 p.m. on June 28 in the 3200-block of Douglas Street.
The second fire, police say, occurred 10 minutes later down the road in the 700-block of Tolmie Avenue.
The third fire occurred inside a grease bin that was located in the 3100-block of Tillicum Road on June 29.
The fourth fire took place early Wednesday morning inside a dumpster located at Colquitz Middle School on Dumeresq Street.
Police say all four fires are suspicious, likely related and are being investigated as arson. They also say the fires are concerning because they happened during a period of time when the weather was extremely hot and dry.
“While all of these fires were contained to the immediate area, the hot and dry weather conditions could have easily helped these fires spread to adjacent structures. Fortunately, other than the bins themselves, no other property damage was noted,” Const. Markus Anastasiades, media relations officer with the Saanich Police Department, said in a press release.
Investigators are actively searching for the individual or individuals responsible for starting the fires, added Anastasiades.
Anyone with information about the fires is urged to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321.