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Suspicious fires on hiatus

No one has been arrested and nothing has been solved, but for over two weeks the suspicious fires have stopped.

For the first time in months, Vernon has seen a significant lull in the suspicious fires that seemed to be happening every few days. The lack of fires has RCMP cautiously optimistic.

“We are happy there has been no further fires but we still continue to investigate this recent rash of fires. For whatever reason it has stopped and we are happy it is not still occurring, says Molendyk. “But that doesn’t mean the individual isn't still around.”

The most recent suspicious fire was two weeks ago when the Kin Race Track grandstand burned down and was deemed an arson.

Molendyk says they do not have a suspect yet or anyone in custody tied to the fires. However, given that the fires have recently stopped, they are investigating who is in custody to see if they might already have the culprit behind bars.

“We are looking at who we have in custody and whether there is a connection or a possibility, you have to look at everything,” says Molendyk.

Anyone with any information relating to any of the suspicious fires can call the Vernon RCMP at (250)-545-7171 or remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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