Molotov cocktail spree in Vernon

Molotov cocktail spree in Vernon

10 September 2010

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Canada — Vernon RCMP and firefighters were kept busy with fires overnight.

The first incident happened around 2:30, this morning when the Swan Lake Fire department received a report of a grass fire around a power pole near the intersection of L&A Road and Silver Star Rd.

The investigation into the fire revealed a Molotov cocktail had been used.

Then at approximately 4:30, a RCMP officer noticed a flash then discovered a fire burning near two parked vehicles on the 3500 block of 24th Avenue, both suffered tire damage from the fire.

The remains of a Molotov cocktail was also found burning at the scene.

A third was found burning in the 3100 block of 16th Ave about ten minutes later.

Burn marks were found on a parked vehicle beside the unexploded Molotov cocktail.

Then approximately 15 to 20 minutes later the Okanagan Landing Fire Department called to advise that they were putting out a fire by the bridge near Kin Beach, also started by an exploded Molotov cocktail.

Police are looking into these incidents to determine if there is a possibility they are related to last week’s fires near The Rise off of Tronson Rd, in which a parked boat and a parked GMC Suburban were damaged by a Molotov cocktails.

The RCMP and area fire departments are very concerned about this rash of fire incidents and are asking anyone with any information about the person or persons responsible, or any other information about these crimes to call the Vernon RCMP or Fire departments, or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222 8477

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