RCMP arrest 37-year-old man for Nanaimo Tim Hortons arson

RCMP arrest 37-year-old man for Nanaimo Tim Hortons arson

Nanaimo RCMP say a man has been arrested in connection with the Tim Hortons arson on Aug. 2.

Kym Arkell, a 37-year-old Nanaimo man was arrested on Aug. 3, and is being held in police custody until Aug. 16.

There were other fires at the Super Save Gas and Go and nearby carwash that Arkell is being investigated as being connected to, but no charges have been laid yet.

On Aug. 2, around 12:15 a.m., police were called to the Super Save Gas and Go at the corner of Northfield and Bowen roads for a report of a dumpster fire.

Then around 1 a.m., reports of a fire at the Tim Hortons on Northfield Road near Nanaimo Parkway came in, which is the fire Arkell is now charged with.

A third fire occurred later that evening in a garbage bin near the carwash in the same complex as the Tim Hortons.

The Tim Hortons is expected to be closed for several months as repairs take place.

On Aug. 2, RCMP said most of the fire damage occurred to the outside of the building, but the interior suffered “significant” water damage.

-With files from Ethan Morneau


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