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Witnesses sought after Duncan playground destroyed by fire


A community in Duncan is frustrated after an act of arson  destroyed a beloved playground in the early hours Friday.

At around 2:40 a.m. May 26th, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP and the Duncan Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at Centennial Park on First Street.

Constable Alex Santaga, who arrived at the scene just four minutes later, expressed his disappointment upon witnessing the play structure fully engulfed in flames.

“I was so disappointed to arrive and find our popular children’s park was on fire. This is a big hit for the community as we come into our summer months when this park is normally very busy,” said Constable Santaga.

The incident has left residents saddened and concerned about the loss of a cherished recreational space for children.

The investigation into the arson is in its early stages, and police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the individuals responsible.

Anyone living in the area that has surveillance footage capturing any suspicious activity between 2 and 2:40 a.m., are urged to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.

Inspector Chris Bear emphasized the importance of community involvement in the investigation, highlighting the need for individuals to come forward with any relevant information.

Anyone with video footage or information that can aid the investigation is encouraged to reach out to the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522.

Victoria Buzz Staff
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