String of arson fires set

Police are investigating a series of arson fires in the Victoria area, including the one at a food bank.

Four garbage bins were set on fire, one was set outside the Monterey Centre in Oak Bay, and another was started in shopping carts outside the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

"There were two grocery carts filled with debris, and it looked like those were lit on fire to go up the side of the wall," the food bank's Janine Boice told CTV. "We believe it was gasoline or another substance to start it."

The fire charred the exterior of the building and shocked clients showing up for a meal, Thursday.

"I was shocked. I came here yesterday morning to have a coffee," said Creighton Douglas. "It was very surprising to see that cross burnt like that, and it made me sad… Only good comes out of this place."

Police say the fires were similar in nature and are under investigation.

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island

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