Arsonist charged for series of fires in Edmonton over 4-year period

Jan 8 2020, 4:58 pm

A man has been charged in relation to a series of suspicious fires in Edmonton and Camrose over a period of four years.

37 year-old Scott Bell was found to be responsible for a fire in August 2015, in August 2019, and in December 2019.

According to Edmonton Police Service, Bell was arrested by the EPS Arson Unit in Edmonton on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Police say on August 4, 2015, the Camrose Fire Department and Camrose Police Service responded to the report of a fire at a residence in the area of 49 Avenue and 53 Street.

No injuries were reported.

On Friday, August 30, 2019, at approximately 4 am, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) responded to the report of a fire in a suite at a motel in the area of 104 Street and 63 Avenue, said a release.

More than 15 people were evacuated from the building at the time of the fire and did not sustain any injuries.

The third fire committed by Bell took place just days before Christmas, at the Jasper Hotel at 153 Street and Stony Plain Road on December 23.

This incident in particular left 41 tenants displaced and caused $300,000 in damage.

No injuries were reported in this incident, but one individual did jump from the second floor.

Police say in all three incidents, the fires were deemed suspicious, and Bell has been charged with 3 counts of arson.

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