A suspicious shed fire Saturday in the 3000 block of 41st Avenue resulted in no injuries

A suspicious shed fire Saturday in the 3000 block of 41st Avenue resulted in no injuries

Shed targeted for second time

Public assistance being sought by police to determine suspects

It was a case of deja vu for Vernon firefighters.

Crews were called to a burning shed in the 3000 block of 41st Avenue Saturday at about 3:35 a.m. They had also been there in July to extinguish a blaze.

And that’s not the only similarity.

“It’s a suspicious fire,” said Lawrie Skolrood, a deputy fire chief, adding that there was the same determination during the summer.

“Someone running around with that intent is not that comforting.”

A suspect was never located in July and people sleeping inside the shed were able to escape without injury.

There were no occupants inside during Saturday’s blaze, but a nearby vehicle was destroyed by intense heat.

There was also a concern that the flames may spread so the Sandman Inn’s south wing was evacuated as a precautionary measure.

The case has been turned over to the RCMP, and Skolrood doesn’t expect firefighters will be called back a third time.

“Hopefully the problem is gone because the structure is pretty much gone,” he said.

Anyone with information about Saturday’s fire is asked to call the Vernon RCMP detachment at 250-545-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.