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Burnt pallets add to list of suspected arsons

A recreational boat was set on fire Tuesday night (pictured) and a stack of pallets Thursday night. Authorities continue to investigate whether they are connected to a recent rash of suspicious fires.
Image Credit: Vernon Fire and Rescue Services
May 23, 2014 - 1:07 PM

VERNON - Police and the fire department are burning for answers after responding to another suspected arson.

A flaming pile of pallets drew firefighters to an industrial area in the 4600 block of 34 Street shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday. Authorities are calling the fire suspicious and investigating whether it is connected to a recent rash of suspected arsons in the city.

“It was a bunch of old pallets in an open area,” Blair says. “Fortunately there was no exposure damage to surrounding buildings.”

Blair says investigators are hoping to find helpful video surveillance from businesses in the area.

“We’re putting out a general appeal to the public. If they’ve seen or heard anything about the fires to please notify us or the police,” Blair says.

The series of suspected arsons include two in vacant buildings, a pair of dumpster bin fires, a burnt porta-potty and a torched boat.

Police are asking anyone with information about the fires to call the Fire Department, the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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