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Eight vehicles, including four police cruisers and an ambulance, torched in Smithers

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An early morning fire in a hotel parking lot in Smithers caused significant damage to eight vehicles including several police vehicles Wednesday.

Just before 4:30 a.m. Smithers RCMP received a request to assist the Smithers Fire Department at the Sunshine Inn located in the 3800 block of Fourth Avenue in Smithers, for a report of multiple vehicles on fire in the parking lot.

Photo of Sunshine Inn parking lot fire.

Officers attended and were able to assist in getting the fire under control.

The fire did not cause any damage to the hotel, however eight vehicles, including four RCMP and one BC Ambulance were damaged or completely destroyed in the blaze.

“Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire, which is the most important thing,” said Corporal Madonna Saunderson. “This appears to be a targeted attack on emergency services vehicles. Preliminary investigation indicates this is an arson and we are asking for the public’s assistance in providing information so that the person, or persons involved may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Police are sharing photos in hopes of furthering the investigation.

Photo of Sunshine Inn parking lot fire.

Police are continuing to review the physical and digital evidence already gathered from the incident, including CCTV footage from the surrounding area businesses.

Police are particularly interested in obtaining any dash cam video from individuals traveling between Houston and Smithers and New Hazelton and Smithers between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. on October 26, 2022.

If you have any information, dash cam footage, or were in the area of the Sunshine Inn, contact the Smithers RCMP at (250) 847-3233.


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