Police investigate two Vancouver arsons
VPD, Vancouver Police Department unveil the first wave of new 2013 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Police motorcycles in Vancouver, B.C. on Monday September 9, 2013. Carmine Marinelli/Vancouver 24hours/QMI Agency
Police and fire officials suspect two Vancouver fires on Thursday were arson.
At 1 a.m., officers found a sports utility vehicle “fully engulfed in flames,” according to a Vancouver Police Department press release. Firefighters put out the blaze near Wellington Avenue and Aberdeen Street, but half-an-hour later police believe someone deliberately set alight a Stanley Park washroom and information booth on Avison Way.
Both fires are being treated as “deliberately set,” but police haven’t identified any suspects and are appealing for tips.
Thursday’s fires come as authorities continue investigating a June 7 fire that burned down an East Broadway apartment building. They now believe the blaze, which started on the roof, was “intentionally set.”
Vancouver police spokesman Randy Fincham said citizens can help prevent deliberate fires by not storing flammable objects near their houses to help in “reducing the chances that your family will be the victims of an intentionally lit fire,” he said in a statement. “As the warmer, dryer weather approaches, we tend to see more fires that are deliberately set using combustible material around our homes.”