Arson suspected in two morning vehicle fires

This pickup truck was completely destroyed in the fire Tuesday.                  Neil Horner photo -
This pickup truck was completely destroyed in the fire Tuesday. Neil Horner photo
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Two vehicles burned on the same night in Parksville, and the RCMP are calling them both a case of arson.

The incidents took place early Tuesday morning when the Oceanside RCMP members were called to assist the Parksville Fire Department who were at the scene of a vehicle fire in the 100 block of Lee avenue.

When they arrived on scene just after 1 a.m., officers were told by fire department personnel the fire appeared to have originated in the cab of a pickup truck parked at the side of a residence.

The owner of the vehicle reported hearing something outside earlier, but he did not suspect anything was amiss. However, he later observed a orange glow from his window and looked out to see his truck in flames.

“He attempted to douse the flames with a garden hose while his neighbor called for the fire department,” said Corporal Richard van de Pol.

The owner of the vehicle said the truck had belonged to his late father and had not been insured for several years. He said it was only worth a few hundred dollars.

Just one hour later, firefighters stumbled upon another vehicle fire, this one in the 200 block of Jensen Avenue.

This second vehicle fire was spotted as firefighters were responding to another, unrelated call.

In this instance, the interior of a Chrysler Intrepid was destroyed.

Van de Pol said the two fires are suspicious, as they happened within an hour time frame and within about a one-block distance.

The investigation into these two incidents is ongoing.

Anyone who may have seen something suspicious is asked to call Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111.

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