Police seeking those responsible for Port Coquitlam grass fires

Jun 12 2018, 4:07 pm

Coquitlam RCMP is asking for the public’s help in finding the person (or persons) responsible for a series of brush and grass fires that have been set in the City of Port Coquitlam, recently.

According to police, the fires have all been started in the area Chine Avenue and Dixon Street, with bushes, grass, and trees all being set ablaze.

The most recent fire was set on May 30 in the early afternoon. Two other fires were also set during the daytime on May 21 and may be related.

“The motive for the fires is unclear, but they happened at the time when cottonwood seeds were at their peak,” said Coquitlam RCMP Michael McLaughlin.

Regardless of the reason though, McLaughlin said the fires were potentially criminal in nature.

“They did significant damage to surrounding vegetation and could have spread to nearby homes,” he said. “We want to make sure that the person or people responsible make better decisions.”

And these suspicious grass fires in Port Coquitlam are not the first in Metro Vancouver this year.

North Vancouver RCMP have also reported a series of suspicious grass fires that were set in that city last month, and are looking to find those responsible for those incidents as well.

Now, police are asking for people to report anyone “acting suspiciously or lighting fires in the area,” by calling them at 604-945-1550.

Those who would like to leave an anonymous tip can do so by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leaving a tip online.

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