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Suspected firebug in custody after series of blazes set in downtown Kamloops

Police say four dumpsters were set ablaze and a grassfire was ignited on the morning of Sept. 6.
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A Kamloops man faces myriad charges, including multiple counts of arson, after five fires were ignited in downtown Kamloops on Monday morning (Sept. 6).

Kamloops RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn said officers were called to the 200-block of Victoria Street at about 6 a.m. to investigate a mischief report, which involved an aggressive man and a broken window. While investigating, Evelyn said, officers saw smoke coming from a dumpster behind an address in the 100-block of Victoria Street and contacted Kamloops Fire and Rescue.

“Three more dumpster fires were located along Victoria Street and a grassfire was found in front of a business at Fifth Avenue and St. Paul Street,” Evelyn said. “A suspect was located and arrested in an alley nearby.

Blake Mathew Hall, 41, is charged with five counts of arson damaging property and one count each of mischief and uttering threats. He was remanded in custody and is next in court on Sept. 16.

Anyone with information or surveillance related to the investigation is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2021-31135.