Public assistance needed in solving arsons
Several suspcious fires deemed to be arson remain unsolved and need the public's assistance in solving
On May 26th at approximately 12:30 AM City of Nanaimo fire crews responded to a report a fire in a classroom at McGirr elementary . Even though fire crews were quick to arrive , the fire had spread and smoke was filling gthe school.
Fire inspectors believe the fire was started by unknown persons breaking a window then reaching thru and lighting some paper and books on fire. The resulting smoke damage and water sprinklers activating , caused extensive smoke and water damage to five rooms, including the gymnasium. The school was forced to shut for a day while crews mopped up.Costs of the clean up were in the range of $50,000 dollars.
Two youth seen in the area but were later located by investigators and cleared of any wrong doing.
The next significant fire that was also deemed to have been intentionally set took place at a home under construction at the intersection of Stonewater Place and Poets Trail. At approximately 3:30 AM on June 3rd multiple 911 calls were received of a fire at the home that was almost completed and valued at over $300,000. By the time fire crews were on scene, the home was fully engulfed. Nearby residents needed to be evacuated and flames were so intense, nearby homes had their siding melt from the heat of the flames.
Investigators were told of a suspicious person seen in the area shortly before the fire broke out. This person was dressed in black clothing and was also seen getting into a black pickup that sped off from the area once fire crews started arriving.