Police investigating series of ‘suspicious’ overnight fires in Saanich

Police investigating series of 'suspicious' overnight fires in Saanich

The Saanich Police are currently investigating a series of fires that were ignited in the early hours of Monday morning.

According to Saanich authorities, police and fire departments responded to a series of fires in the area of Camosun College, with the most serious fire involving three vehicles stored in a maintenance compound at Camosun’s Lansdowne campus. The reports have said the damage from this fire is extensive.

Currently both Saanich fire investigators and Saanich Police Detectives are working on this case, claiming that their “early investigation has determined the fire to be suspicious in nature.”

In a press release sent out from Saanich Police, they also point to a second fire being reported in the vicinity during the same time period.

“Further reports were received of other fires in the 3100 block of Service Street near Lansdowne Middle School. Garbage cans were set ablaze, and police are seeking assistance from any persons who may have encountered or witnessed anything suspicious in the area between approximately 5 am and 7 am this morning.”

According to investigators, it is believed the suspect or suspects may have been walking through the neighbourhoods and they are requesting anyone with security cameras or doorbell cameras to review their footage to see if a person of interest could be identified.

The area includes homes in the Camosun College, North Dairy, and Lansdowne School area. Given the early morning hour, police believe pedestrian traffic in the area would be minimal.

Anyone with information regarding these fires is asked to call Saanich Police on their non-emergency line at 250-475-4321 or e-mail Cst. Chris Horsley at [email protected]


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