June 29, 2015 - 12:58 PM
VERNON - A suspicious fire which started in a dumpster outside a Vernon high school is under investigation
The fire department was called to Vernon Secondary School to put out the fire about 11:15 p.m., Friday, June 26.
“It appeared to be suspicious in nature from what we’ve come across,” deputy fire chief Jack Blair says.
With several other suspicious fires taking place over the last few weeks, the RCMP was notified of the incident and is investigating, Blair says.
The fire was reported by a neighbour who smelled smoke and then saw flames coming out of a dumpster located on school grounds, though it was not actually touching any of the buildings. Luckily, the fire did not threaten the school or any other structures, Blair says.
Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says the police dog team attended the scene, but was unable to locate any suspects.
“We don’t really have any leads at this point,” she says.
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the Vernon RCMP detachment at 250-545-7171 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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—This story was updated at 1:38 p.m. June 29 to add information from the Vernon RCMP.
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