Nanaimo RCMP investigating ‘deliberate’ fire on Bowen Park bridge

Nanaimo RCMP are investigating a fire they say was intentionally set on a wooden pedestrian bridge in Bowen Park.

The fire was discovered about 6 a.m. on June 3 by a man who saw smoke and flames coming from the end of the bridge while walking his dog in the park, north of downtown Nanaimo.

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The man ran home to get his fire extinguisher. He mostly extinguished the fire and then called 911.

Firefighters doused a smouldering wooden post until the fire was completely extinguished.

“This was an extremely selfish deliberate act that could have caused significant damage to not only the bridge, but to the surrounding forest,” said Const. Gary O’Brien of Nanaimo RCMP.

Police ask anyone with information about who is responsible for the fire to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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