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RCMP investigating after portable toilets set on fire in Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP are investigating after four portable toilets in the city’s south end were deliberately set on fire in one day. The fires were started during a four-hour period on Jan. 16. They happened at 7:22 p.m.
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Four portable toilets were set on fire in Nanaimo during a four-hour period on Jan. 16, including this one at Bastion and Skinner streets. VIA NANAIMO RCMP

Nanaimo RCMP are investigating after four portable toilets in the city’s south end were deliberately set on fire in one day.

The fires were started during a four-hour period on Jan. 16. They happened at 7:22 p.m. in the 800-block of Old Victoria Road, 7:48 p.m. in the 100-block of Wharf Street, 9:54 p.m. at Bastion and Skinner streets, and 11:55 p.m. at Terminal Avenue and Victoria Crescent.

Police said crews and city workers responded quickly, so the fires did not spread and the units were not destroyed.

“It appears that several were most likely started by one person and that a vehicle or other means of transport was used,” said Const. Gary O’Brien.

A number of people of interest have been identified but no direct witnesses have come forward and no arrests have been made.

Police ask anyone with information to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

jbell@timescolonist.com