A half dozen vehicles were damaged or destroyed after a blaze, deemed arson, ripped through a James Bay apartment complex parking lot late Thursday.

Just before midnight on June 16th, the Victoria Fire Department called VicPD officers to Menzies Street, near Dallas Road, where firefighters were dousing a fire engulfing multiple vehicles.

It was the area’s second fire of the night, coming not long after a smaller fire, about 100 metres down the street, was deliberately set outside an apartment building and extinguished by residents, according to police.

At around 11:45 p.m., fire crews were preparing to leave the scene of the first fire when a resident of another building flagged them over to a carport blaze at Seaview Towers Apartments.

Firefighters contained and extinguished the fire before it spread further.

VicPD officers were on scene and noted the second fire’s aftermath to be “significant,” as the carport was damaged and six vehicles were damaged or destroyed.

No injuries were reported in either incident and at this time, VicPD say both fires remain under investigation.

Investigators ask anyone with dashcam, doorcam or other video footage from the area between 11:30 p.m. Thursday and 12:30 a.m. Friday to call (250) 995-7654.

To remain anonymous, tipsters can reach Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

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