Police seek arsonist who set fires in James Bay parking lots

Police seek arsonist who set fires in James Bay parking lots

Police in Victoria are looking for a person who set multiple fires in parking areas of multi-unit residential buildings in James Bay Tuesday morning.

Officers were first called to a building in the 800-block kof Academy Close just before 3 a.m. for a report of a suspicious vehicle fire in an underground lot.

The fire damaged two vehicles and the exterior walls and floor of a suite above it. Police determined that the fire had been intentionally set.

As police investigated that arson, another person called in a report of a small fire in the parking area of a building in the 900-block of Humboldt Street.

“Patrol officers attended and located evidence of a small, deliberately set fire that had failed to fully ignite,” Victoria police said in a statement.

A few hours later, just before 7:30 a.m., firefighters were called to another parking area at a building in the 100-block of Douglas Street for a fire set under a canopy, which damaged exterior walls of the building.

Then after 1 p.m., damage caused by another deliberately set fire that didn’t fully ignite was discovered at a different building in the 100-block of Douglas Street.

There were no injuries in relation to any of the fires.

Police are now looking for information, dashcam or surveillance footage from the areas the fires were set between 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 250-995-7654 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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