Oak Bay Fire Department and police are working together to investigate three small fires that broke out over the past week, all in the same neighbourhood.
The incidents occurred on Tuesday, July 24th and Thursday, July 26th in the 2000 block of Frederick Norris Rd, and at least two of the three fires have been deemed suspicious.
On Tuesday, at around 10:30 a.m., fire crews attended to a call about a vehicle fire in a car port, and were able to quickly extinguish the flames.
On Thursday, just before 12:30 p.m., a wood pile was on fire in front of a car port at another residence on the same street. Because it was a small fire, residents were able to put it out with a garden hose.
Again on Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., a wooden compost box was on fire in the backyard of the same residence where the car fire had taken place. Again, a neighbour put out the flames with a garden hose.
Although all three fires were small, the fire department attended each site to determine their cause, and believe that at least two of them were set on purpose.
Authorities are working closely together to investigate the incidents and have briefed the residents of Frederick Norris Rd on the situation. General fire safety practices are in place.
Police have stated that they have a strong lead into the investigation and are asking the public to report any suspicious activity, and to keep an eye on each other’s properties.