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Arson investigators examine fourth fire in as many days

Police are requesting the public’s help following a string of suspicious fires in Prince George this past week.

There have been two fires at the same residence, bringing to four the number of fires in as many days.

On Saturday December 10, at approximately 12:30 a.m., the Prince George RCMP responded to a report of a residential fire of suspicious origin on Nixon Crescent in Prince George.  This was the second such fire at this address in three days and the fourth suspicious fire in Prince George in four days.

All occupants escaped the residence safely; however the residence was a total loss.  A police arson investigator and the Forensic Identification Section attended the scene.  The investigation has led police to believe the fire was incendiary in nature and is therefore being treated as arson.

On Friday December 9, at approximately 4:15 a.m., the Prince George RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious fire on Michael Road in Prince George. A vehicle parked in a carport and the carport itself was damaged by the fire before being extinguished.  No one was hurt.

On Thursday December 8, at approximately 3:30 a.m., the Prince George RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious fire on Nixon Crescent in Prince George.  A vehicle and carport suffered extensive damage. No one was hurt.

At approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday December 7, the Prince George RCMP responded to a report of a residential fire on the 1200 block of Johnson Street in Prince George.  The fire was extinguished and no one was hurt.

“Police are deeply concerned about the recent string of suspicious fires,” says Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP.  “Although we cannot say that these fires are connected, we are looking into any possible connections that these residences or the persons in them may have.”

All four fires are suspicious.  No other suspicious fires have been reported since early Saturday morning.

Douglass said the Prince George RCMP are concerned about this recent string of fires and are asking residents to report suspicious activity to police immediately.

If you have any information about any of these fires or who may be responsible, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword “pgtips”.  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.  If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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