Police in Campbell River are asking witnesses or anyone with information to come forward following a suspicious fire in the city’s downtown.
At 12:30 am this past Sunday, Sept. 12th, a makeshift trailer caught ablaze in the 1200-block of Ironwood St.
Shortly after, the Campbell River RCMP was called to the scene and launched their investigation. After reviewing video footage, officers spotted a man and woman hovering around the trailer less than an hour prior, at around 11:45 pm.
Cst. Maury Tyre says the pair was smoking something while “investigating” the contents of the trailer. “A flash could be seen within the trailer bed and the pair casually walked away as the trailer began to catch on fire,” Tyre explains.
No injuries were reported, and due to the metal construction of the trailer and a business owner who happened to glance at their security feed, Tyre says the flames didn’t spread.
He’s crediting the Campbell River Fire Department for their fast efforts in putting out the blaze.
“Crews were able to contain that one relatively quickly,” fire chief Thomas Doherty told My Campbell River Now.
But this call was just one of many for local fire crews. Not long after the trailer fire, firefighters were called to put out a dumpster fire on 10th Avenue.
And hours later, at around 9:20 Sunday night, Doherty told us crews were called to Nunns Creek Park. A porta-potty had caught ablaze next to the skate park. According to Doherty, fire reports are actually on the rise within Nunns Creek. More details are in our previous story.