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Two Burns Lake men identified in connection to Wet’suwet’en cabin fire

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August 19, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Police in Houston, B.C. have identified two men who may be charged with arson after a Wet’suwet’en cabin was torched on the weekend.

The fire was reported to police on Sunday, Aug. 16. They searched the area, first of all, to see if there was anyone needing help. No one was found near the scene.

The cabin was in an area on the Morice Forest Service Road where some Wet’suwet’en had protested the construction of the Coastal Gaslink natural gas pipeline and had blocked the road. The fire was labelled a hate crime on the protesters’ Facebook page.

READ MORE: Burning of Wet’suwet’en cabin near site of pipeline protest called a 'hate crime'

During the investigation, police found evidence of a stolen vehicle at the site that led to the identification of the two men, aged 24 and 19. While they are from Burns Lake they work in the Houston area.

Burns Lake is 230 km west of Prince George along Highway 16. Houston is another 80 km to the west of Burns Lake.

“The investigation is ongoing and will be forwarded to the BC Prosecution Services for review of potential charges,” states a Houston RCMP news release. “This is a priority for the detachment and could have ended tragically had there been anyone in the building.”

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