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Nanaimo RCMP are investigating two fires that appear to have been set on purpose in downtown Nanaimo on Sunday.

Just after midnight on April 28th, police were alerted to a fire in the lower level of the Bastion Street parkade, followed just minutes later by another blaze at Golds Automotive, located at the intersection of Wallace and Fitzwilliam St.

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The first fire consisted of two piles of garbage pushed up against the wall and was quickly extinguished by City of Nanaimo Fire and Rescue crews, resulting in no permanent damage.

The second blaze consisted of a brush fire inside a locked compound outside of Golds Automotive and had spread to some auto parts stored nearby. Crews were able to douse the fire before it could significantly damage the business.

Police have learned that two males were seen setting the fire to the parkade and then running out, but no description of their appearance was provided.

“Given the close proximity of the two fires and the time that they were reported, investigators believe they are connected,” said Cst. Gary O’Brien of Nanaimo RCMP.

Anyone who has information about either incident is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at nanaimocrimestoppers.com or call 1-800-222-8477.