The fire that damaged a suite at an Aberdeen motel last month was human-caused, according to police, but investigators do not know whether it was set deliberately or the result of negligence.
Emergency crews were called to the Travelodge at 1225 Rogers Way at approximately 8 a.m. on Jan. 30 after witnesses spotted smoke coming out of a room.
At about the same time, the man staying in the room was spotted leaving in a pickup truck.
RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said police know who the man is, but he has not been located. She said investigators will not be able to determine whether the fire was a criminal act until they speak with him.
“We believe that the man who had rented the hotel room and then left after the fire started knows that police are looking for him,” she said. “It would be in his best interest to present himself to the nearest RCMP detachment to give a statement of what happened on the morning of Jan. 30.”