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Abbotsford home evacuated after minivan set on fire in driveway

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Eric Zimmer May 23, 2019 11:01 am

Abbotsford Police (APD) are investigating after an overnight arson at a residence in the city.

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According to police, a minivan was backed into the driveway of a home in the 2200 block of Bedford Place around 3:15 am by an unknown man. An accelerant was then thrown into the van and lit on fire. And a man wearing a hoody, dark jeans, and dark shoes was seen running from the driveway afterwards.

Fire crews were called to the scene, and upon their arrival found the minivan fully engulfed in flames. They also found smoke in the garage and attic areas of the home, but were able to quickly extinguish the fire in the residence.

In a release, police said that at the time of the fire, the residence was occupied by four adults and a child. All of them were able to escape and were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. One man was also treated for a burn to his hand.

On Thursday, police said they are continuing their investigation and at this point, are unsure of a motive for this incident.

Anyone with information regarding what happened is asked to contact the APD at 604-859-5225, or via text at 222973 (abbypd).

Those who wish to leave an anonymous tip can do by contacting Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online.

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