The Victoria Police are seeking the public’s help in gathering information in relation to nine suspicious fires which occurred throughout March and early April.
The fires were reported in Victoria and Esquimalt, and VicPD believes that all of them were set intentionally. Thankfully, no one was injured in relation to any of these arsons.
It is unknown at this time if all nine incidents are related.
VicPD is now appealing to the public for any information that they may have in relation to the fires.
They’re also reminding the public to secure items such as garbage cans and dumpsters as a precautionary measure.
Keeping combustibles such as branches, cardboard and debris away from businesses and residences is recommended, as well as turning on exterior building lights at night to increase visibility.
The following nine fires are being investigated as possible arson:
Garbage can fire on Courtenay Street
On March 5th at around 3:20 a.m., officers were called to a garbage can fire in the 600-block of Courtenay Street.
While on scene at the first location, officers were called to a second garbage can fire in the 600-block of Fort Street. Both garbage cans sustained fire damage.
Fire at Construction Site on Colville Road
On March 10th at around 11 a.m., officers were called to a report of a sign on fire at a construction site in the 1100-block of Colville Road – the plastic sign sustained damage from the fire.
Fire at the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Linden Avenue
On March 20th at around 11:20 p.m., officers were called to the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Linden Avenue for a report of cardboard boxes on fire in the middle of the road – nothing was damaged in this fire.
Fire at the petting zoo area of Beacon Hill Park
On March 28th at around 11 p.m., officers were called to the petting zoo area of Beacon Hill Park for a report of a vehicle on fire. In this fire, a silver 2018 GMC Sierra sustained significant damage to its interior cab.
Debris fire on Douglas Street
On April 2nd at around 10 p.m., officers were called to a report of branches and cardboard on fire on the sidewalk in the 3000-block of Douglas Street – nothing was damaged by this fire.
Tire rack fire at gas station on Fairfield Road
On April 5th at around 2 a.m., officers were called to a report of a tire rack on fire in the 1600-block of Fairfield Road. A tire rack with tires and a hedge sustained fire damage.
Dumpster fire on Pembroke Street
On April 6th at around 10 p.m., officers were called to a report of a dumpster on fire in the 600-block of Pembroke Street. The dumpster sustained fire damage.
Garbage can fire on Chatham Street
On April 9th at around 2:15 a.m., officers were called to a report of a garbage can fire in the 500-block of Chatham Street. The garbage can sustained fire damage.
VicPD asks anyone with information about any of these incidents call their non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654.
To report what anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.