Fire officials say blaze at Parksville’s historic Rod & Gun pub human-caused, purposely set

A police vehicle near a taped-off Rod & Gun Bar and Grill in Parksville on Saturday, April 18. Fire crews were called in to deal with a blaze earlier in the morning. (Peter McCully/PQB News)
Fire crews attended an early-morning blaze at Parksville’s Rod & Gun Bar and Grill on Saturday, April 18. (PFD photo)
Fire crews attended an early-morning blaze at Parksville’s Rod & Gun Bar and Grill on Saturday, April 18. (PFD photo)

An investigation into an April 18 fire at Parksville’s historic Rod & Gun Bar & Grill concludes the blaze was human-caused.

Firefighters were quickly on the scene at approximately 4 a.m. and managed to get the fire under control “prior to it getting too far into the structure.” The 122-year-old Rod & Gun is currently closed due to COVID-19 concerns and no one was in the building during the time of the fire.

READ MORE: Early-morning blaze breaks out at Parksville’s historic Rod & Gun pub

Marc Norris, fire chief at both the Parksville and Qualicum Beach Fire Departments, said the investigation looking into the cause of the fire is now complete.

“The fire was human-caused and appears to be purposely set,” he said. “Fire investigators have evidence which confirms the suspicious nature of the fire.”

Norris said the RCMP are now investigating further.

cloe.logan@pqbnews.com

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