VicPD is investigating six suspicious fires set over the long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

VicPD is investigating six suspicious fires set over the long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

VicPD investigating six more suspicious fires set over the long weekend

Fifteen suspicious fires set in Victoria, Esquimalt since March, police say

The Victoria Police Department is investigating six suspicious fires lit over the long weekend.

Less than a week after the department asked the public for help with an ongoing investigation into nine suspicious fires set in Victoria and Esquimalt in March and early April, VicPD is asking for information about an additional six fires.

READ ALSO: Victoria police seek information on nine suspicious fires

The first fire was set in a dumpster the 3000-block of Blanshard Street on April 12. Officers were called around 9:45 a.m. and the dumpster was damaged. Around 11 a.m. the same day, officers were called to the scene of another dumpster fire in the 2800-block of Irma Street.

Just after 10 p.m. that night, a VicPD officer spotted a third fire – a cedar hedge in the 900-block of Topaz Avenue was burning. The officer used a fire extinguisher to stop the fire from spreading. The Victoria Fire Department arrived shortly after and put out the rest of the flames.

READ ALSO: Truck rolls into Saanich family’s home

The next morning at 8:15 a.m., VicPD was called to a shed fire in the 400-block of Parry Street. The fire spread to a garage on another property in the 500-block of Michigan Street before crews could put it out. Bother the shed and garage were damaged.

Later that evening, around 10:30 p.m., officers received reports of a large area of burned grass on a residential lawn in the 500-block of Toronto Street. Investigators determined that the fire had occurred in the last 24 hours.

At 10:45 p.m. on April 13, VicPD was called to a tent fire the 500-block of Ellice Street. Several other tents were damaged by the fire but police said no one was injured.

READ ALSO: Friday night fire at Brewskys Taphouse caused by cleaning rags left on a dryer

Victoria police say no one was injured as a result of any of the suspicious fires. As of April 14, VicPD could not say if the incidents are related but asked that residents secure garbage cans and dumpsters and to keep anything combustible away from buildings.

Most of the fires are occurring in Victoria with the latest incidents. Esquimalt Fire Chief Chris Jancowski added “we haven’t seen too much recently. About four to eight weeks ago we had some mischievous fires in areas of town out toward Admirals and Coleville … Since that little rash, we haven’t seen a continuation of that in Esquimalt.”

Police are also asking that exterior lights be kept on so that suspicious activity can be spotted and reported.

The investigation into the fires is ongoing and anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call the VicPD non-emergency line at 250-995-7654. To report anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

-With files from Nicole Crescenzi


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

fireVicPD

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kit Thornton, chief aquarist at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, plays with Wanda, the female Giant Pacific octopus currently residing at the centre. The centre will release Wanda back into the wild next month. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
An octopus named Wanda will soon say goodbye to Sidney

Wanda’s personality is ‘complete opposite’ of previous octopus named after Dr. Bonnie Henry

Hamels Fabrics & Quilting is set to open on April 6 in Sooke. The shop is located at 2044 Otter Point Road. (Mark Martins/Pixabay)
Fabric and quilting store opens doors in Sooke

Shop is filled with all kinds of ‘bright, bold and cheery’ designs

Saanich Fire Department on the scene after a car crashed into the Walmart in Uptown. (Photo courtesy Dan Wood)
PHOTOS: Saanich firefighters free trapped workers at Uptown Walmart

Incident reported as explosion after driver rammed through wall

Tiny packets of carrots ready to be distributed in Victoria. (Submitted/Victoria Seed Share)
Free Victoria seed sharing collective bags work experience funding

Fully volunteer run Victoria Seed Share will get a boost from provincial grant

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
1,262 more COVID-19 infections in B.C. Friday, 9,574 active cases

Province’s mass vaccination reaches one million people

Organ donation form from BC Transplant. (BC Transplant)
POLL: Have you registered as an organ donor?

They number 1.5 million strong and growing. But their numbers still fall… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of April 6

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Nanaimo RCMP are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man suspected of being involved in a stabbing. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo RCMP trying to identify stabbing suspect who wielded rusty knife

Stabbing followed argument between two men at Port Place Shopping Centre April 1

The inside of the Campbell River Community Centre gymnasium has been marked off in order to facilitate the public flowing through the clinic as they receive their COVID-19 vaccination. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell river Mirror
Leftover vaccines go into arms, not down the drain: Island Health

Immunization plan comes with built-in options for any unused vaccines at the end of the day

A man wears a face mask past the emergency department of the Vancouver General Hospital. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Calls for stricter action in B.C. as COVID-19 variants projected to climb

Jens von Bergmann says the province has taken a ‘wait and see’ approach when early action is needed

Vancouver’s park board general manager issued a new order Friday restricting tents and other temporary structures from being set up in Strathcona Park after April 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver park board issues order to restrict tents in Strathcona Park

The order issued Friday restricted tents and other temporary structures from being set up after April 30

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning says the players who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 are recovering and the team still intends to play a 56-game season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canucks players ‘mostly on the other side’ of COVID outbreak: general manager

The athletes have had a “whole range” of COVID-19 symptoms, said team physician Dr. Jim Bovard, but no one has needed to be hospitalized

Police are investigating after a man was shot Thursday, April 8 while sitting in a car in Vancouver. (Black Press files)
Man shot in Vancouver while sitting in a parked car: police

The victim is currently in critical condition. Police say no arrests have been made.

Most Read