RCMP say fire at Campbell River residence was deliberately set


The aftermath of a fire bombing in Campbell River on Sept. 18.

WATCH: A Campbell River woman is speaking out tonight after her home was the intentional target of a firebombing. Problem is, Shannon Millett recently moved into the house and wasn’t the targeted person. Dean Stoltz has more.

RCMP say an early-morning fire on South Alder Street in Campbell River was deliberately set, marking the third similar instance over the past year at the same location.

“They said it sounded like a gun shot, two gun shots and then the fire alarm was going off and the dogs were barking.” said homeowner Shannon Millette, who wasn’t at her residence at the time.

Two of her relatives were staying at the home and the bang outside.

According to police, at around 2 a.m., they were called to the residence for a report of a fire. Police said the occupants reported that they were awoken by a loud noise and then heard smoke alarms. One of the occupants went outside and saw a fire by the door. The occupant extinguished the fire with a garden hose.

“I was shocked, I mean I have two dogs inside so I was scared they could have gotten killed by the fire.” said Millette, who returned home to find police and firefighters there.

Fire officials and police have determined the fire was deliberately set and it is the third similar instance over the past year at the residence. Police said Monday’s fire clearly was a “targeted event.”

“It was certainly targeted at that address because it was the third time police were called there for a similar type of call so the address is targeted but we know the people are not targeted because they just moved there,” said Campbell River RCMP Cpl. Ron Vlooswyk.

The current occupants of the residence moved into the home three months ago.

Campbell River RCMP are investigating the fires. Anyone with information is asked to call Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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