RCMP investigate suspicious fire at Nanaimo’s Bastion

A suspicious fire at the historic waterfront Bastion in Nanaimo was quickly put out Monday.

Assistant Fire Chief Jodi Le Masurier said Nanaimo RCMP are investigating.

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Crews arrived to the downtown structure about 12:30 p.m.

Le Masurier said the fire appeared to have been ignited outside the Bastion.

“It just happened it was by the back door,” she said. “It was able to get in through the door and cause a little bit of damage to the wall and the door.”

She said there appeared to be some gunpowder inside the Bastion but there were no safety concerns since the fire did not come close to it. The gunpowder is used to set off cannons at the local attraction.

Construction of the Bastion was completed in 1854 for the Hudson’s Bay Company. The Nanaimo Museum said it is the last such wooden structure associated with the company in North America, and is also Nanaimo’s oldest structure.

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