Teen arrested after fire on BC Ferry docked at Swartz Bay: RCMP

Teen arrested after fire on BC Ferry docked at Swartz Bay: RCMP
Nicholas Pescod

One teen was arrested Tuesday after allegedly starting a fire on board a BC Ferry docked at Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island, according to Sidney/North Saanich RCMP.

Mounties in a release say a 16-year-old male was arrested after the fire, which was inside the vessel’s washroom. Officers boarded the vessel around 8:30 p.m., and the teen was escorted off the boat without further incident.

The fire resulted in a sailing delay, says BC Ferries’ communication director Deborah Marshall.

She tells CHEK News the fire happened during the Spirit of British Columbia’s 7 p.m. sailing, and the 9 p.m. sailing was delayed about 35 minutes.

“The extent of the damage remains under investigation,” said RCMP Corp. Alex BĂ©rubĂ© in the release, adding the teen was released but has a date in court.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Sidney/North Saanich RCMP at 250-656-3931.

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