Mounties seek arsonist(s)
Kamloops Mounties are investigating a pair of suspicious early-morning fires this week on the North Shore.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said Kamloops Fire Rescue crews were called out to a pair of blazes in the early-morning hours of Thursday, April 28.
One fire was at a home in the 400-block of Linden Avenue, where parts of a shed and carport had been torched.
The other was about a block away, in the 400-block of McGowan Avenue, where a wood pile went up in flames.
“Our members were on the scene after being notified by the fire department about the suspicious nature of these two fires,” Learned said.
“I think in both cases the fires had been pretty much extinguished by the home owners or people in the area before the fire department even got there.”
On Thursday, Mounties were at the scene of both fires, looking for additional forensic evidence.
Learned said fire-setting can sometimes be an indicator of more serious future criminal behaviour.
“This is often a precursor or a predictor to potential future problems down the road,” he said.
“It may start with seemingly innocent, benign fires that weren’t designed to harm anyone and escalate from there.”
Anyone with information about either blaze is asked to call Kamloops Mounties at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.