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The RCMP and the Vernon Fire Department continue to investigate a number of suspicious fires, including 1,200 apple bins on Waddington Drive. - Morning Star file photo
The RCMP and the Vernon Fire Department continue to investigate a number of suspicious fires, including 1,200 apple bins on Waddington Drive.
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Authorities are still trying to determine who is responsible for a rash of arson fires.

There have been about 22 suspicious fires in the Greater Vernon area in recent months, including 1,200 apple bins on Waddington Drive July 21.

“We don’t know if we have one or more individuals involved,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

The fires have ranged from dumpsters and boats to vehicles and the Kin Race Track grandstand.

“Our officers continue to take leads from the public and follow up on information. We’re doing everything we can to solve these cases,” said Molendyk.

“There have been very few witnesses and they are generally at night.”

Local officials have suggested the magnitude of the suspicious fires could possibly escalate and put lives at risk.

“It’s very much a high priority,” said Molendyk of the investigation.

“We’d like to bring this to a conclusion. The community is concerned as a whole about what’s next.”

Vernon firefighters responded to a residential fire in the 3700 block of 38th Street Tuesday at 4:51 a.m.

“There was slight damage to the wood deck and smoke damage to the siding,” said Jack Blair, deputy fire chief.

“It’s considered to be suspicious at this time. It doesn’t meet up with the other fires such as the time of day but we want to be as thorough as possible.”

 

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