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)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)
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.

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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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