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Vernon's suspicious fire list grows

The latest suspicious fire in Greater Vernon happened Wednesday, shortly before 1 a.m., when tires being stored for recycling behind a Vernon business on 27th Street were set ablaze. - Vernon Fire Rescue Services photo
The latest suspicious fire in Greater Vernon happened Wednesday, shortly before 1 a.m., when tires being stored for recycling behind a Vernon business on 27th Street were set ablaze.
— image credit: Vernon Fire Rescue Services photo

Motorhomes, boats, port-a-potty, pallets, railway ties and now some tires.

The latest suspicious fire in Vernon – a list that has grown to more than 20 in a couple of months – involved some tires being set ablaze behind a business in the 4700 block of 27th Street just before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

“The tires were being stored there for recycling when someone set them on fire,” said Vernon Fire Rescue Services deputy chief Jack Blair. “It appears suspicious in nature.”

Blair said the fire was going “pretty good” when crews arrived on scene. Tire fires have the potential to become quite serious.

“Tires are ugly,” said Blair. “They burn really bad and emit toxic smoke. They can be very difficult to extinguish at times.”

Blair said his crews did a great job in containing the fire as they were able to get foam on it right away.

“Once the tires get hot, water just doesn’t have much of an effect,” said Blair.

Both Vernon Fire Rescue Services and the Vernon RCMP are investigating this latest in a string of suspicious fires.

A majority of the fires have been in Vernon’s north end, and the one common theme in all of the fires is that they have started between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.

 

 

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