Arson confirmed

Investigators have confirmed arson as the cause of the Kin Race Track grandstand fire. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Investigators have confirmed arson as the cause of the Kin Race Track grandstand fire.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

Who is responsible for the destruction of Vernon’s Kin Race Track grandstand remains a mystery.

Investigators have determined that arson, and not electricity, was the cause of the July 9 blaze that swept through the wooden structure.

“I’m not aware of any suspects being identified through the investigation,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

It also has not been determined if the grandstand fire is related to a rash of other arsons in the area.

“We can’t say one way or the other,” said Molendyk.

“We are looking at all of them to see if evidence ties them together but this one is different because of the size of the fire.”

When asked if the police are reviewing potential links between the fire and community debate over the use of the property, Molendyk said, “We look at all aspects of every fire.”

Electrical had to be ruled out as a potential cause  because power upgrades to the grandstand had been ordered by the B.C. Safety Authority.

Fire officials have stated that the electricity was turned off in the building.

Public assistance to solve the case is still being sought.

“We have had photographs and videos of the fire provided to us but if people have information on who is responsible for this fire or any of the fires, please come forward,” said Molendyk.


“The community as a whole is concerned about the number of fires.”



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