Nanaimo apartment building hit with two arson fires in stairwell

Two fires found in stairwells at a Nanaimo apartment last week are the work of arsonists, say Nanaimo RCMP.

The first fire was reported about 10:15 p.m. Oct. 23 and the second about 3:15 p.m. Saturday — both at the Forrest Glen Apartments on Wellington Road.

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No injuries were reported and the fires were quickly extinguished. Burned paper was found at both scenes.

Const. Gary O’Brien credited tenants — one with a fire extinguisher, the other using a bucket of water — for quickly stopping the fire from spreading.

Police have few leads other than a tenant reporting hearing several young voices going down a hallway, away from the fire, shortly before it was detected.

“It is unknown if those people are involved, but investigators would certainly like to speak with them,” O’Brien said.

— Times Colonist

Call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 with any information.

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