Victoria police investigating assault and fire in Beacon Hill Park

Police and firefighters were back in Beacon Hill Park Saturday investigating an alleged assault and its possible connection to a small fire.

Const. Cam MacIntyre said officers were called to the park shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday for a report of an assault and a fire. They took one man into custody.

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A woman was treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries unrelated to the fire, MacIntyre said in a statement.

Capt. John Kirkendale of the Victoria Fire Department said the call came in as a reported tent fire, but when firefighters arrived, they determined that it was actually a small paper fire that had already been put out by somebody with a fire extinguisher.

“It was pretty much a non-event,” he said. “It was just a small bit of paper that was extinguished prior to us arriving on scene.”

MacIntyre said police continue to investigate the connection between the fire and the alleged assault.

The incident follows an earlier tent fire across from South Park Elementary School shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday. A person walking in the park spotted the flames and ran to a fire hall on Michigan Street to report it.

Firefighters were on scene within minutes and found the tent and surrounding debris fully engulfed, with flames shooting almost 10 metres in the air. Nobody was injured.

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