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A woman has been arrested on charges of arson, but another, separate fire has Port Alberni RCMP still investigating.

The incidents both occurred this week, with RCMP called to near back-to-back fires in Port Alberni.

First, on July 19 at approximately 11:55 p.m., the RCMP were called to a vehicle fire at 4th Avenue, between Redford and Bute. The vehicle was completely engulfed and destroyed before the fire department was able to extinguish the blaze.

Then, less than nine hours later, the RCMP responded to a fire at 8:35 a.m. on July 20. This second blaze was lit at 3rd avenue, near Harbour Road.

An officer with the Port Alberni RCMP, as well as members from the fire department, caught a woman in the act of adding material to the fire.

She fled and was arrested shortly after on 4th Avenue.

Video of the incident has been provided to nearby businesses as police investigate. The woman was held for a court appearance on charges of arson as well as other, unrelated charges.

The RCMP are still investigating both fires and are seeking witnesses and video surveillance from nearby businesses and residents.

Anyone who might have footage from dash cameras or other video surveillance is asked to contact the Port Alberni detachment.

The RCMP added that with the ongoing drought on the Island, people should be mindful of potentially dangerous sources of ignition.

Irresponsible behaviour or wildfire reports can be called in to 1-800-663-5555 (or *5555 from a cell phone). Illegal activity or other fires should be reported to 911 immediately.

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