July 25, 2016 - 1:30 PM
VERNON - Authorities are investigating several suspicious fires that occurred over the past few days in the Vernon area.
About 10 a.m. Friday, the Vernon Fire Department was called out to extinguish a small fire in the middle of the road at the intersection of 31 Street and 37 Avenue.
“It was a piece of wood and something plastic on fire in the roadway,” Deputy Vernon Fire Chief Lawrie Skolrood says.
The fire was small and easily put out by firefighters.
Then, Friday night, fire crews raced to the scene of a wildfire on the BX Creek Trail, off Star Road. BX-Swan Lake Fire Chief Bill Wacey says three separate fires were advancing up the slope towards several homes. That fire is considered suspicious, and police are asking anyone who saw or knows anything to report it.
Later on the weekend, on Saturday, firefighters were again called out to douse a suspicious blaze, this time at Grahame Park, behind Clarence Fulton Secondary School.
“There was some paper set on fire in the plastic tunnel,” Skolrood says.
The fire department is reminding the public that even small fires can quickly become dangerous, and is asking people not to wait if they see one starting.
“We are moving into drier weather right now. Small fires like this can quickly become a real problem. Anything that people happen to see, call as soon as possible so we can get out there and look after it,” Skolrood says.
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