Small fire scorches back of Vernon church

Vernon RCMP are treating a fire in a parking lot Monday night as suspicious

Vernon RCMP are treating a fire in a parking lot Monday night as suspicious.

Evidence found at the scene behind the Vernon Family Church, in the 3800 block of 25th Avenue, suggests a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the building.

“Our officers did find remnants of what appears to be a Molotov cocktail,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The incident was reported at 7:15 p.m.

At the back of the church is an empty lot with a basketball hoop.

Lincoln Lanes bowling centre is beside the church.

The cocktail scorched a small part of the outside of the church, which is a stucco building.

“Right now, we’re investigating this as a mischief file,” said Molendyk Tuesday afternoon.

“We are following up to see if there is any video evidence to look at.”

Anybody with any information is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171.