RCMP investigating two suspicious fires at Tofino property

The Tofino RCMP responded to two suspicious fires within the same week at 1087 Pacific Rim Highway.

The first fire was reported on Dec. 22 and the second was reported on Dec. 29, according to Cpl. Andrew Waddell of the Tofino RCMP.

Waddell said two trailers were destroyed, one by each fire, and police believe both fires were lit intentionally.

“The Tofino RCMP are currently investigating these matters (and) a person of interest has been identified,” he said.

He declined to identify the person of interest because no official charges have been laid at this point.

“The Tofino RCMP are very optimistic that the required evidence will be amassed and collected and assimilated and forwarded to the Crown attorney seeking appropriate charges,” he said.

The person of interest could potentially face charges of arson or lesser charges of mischief to property under $5,000, according to Waddell.

He said an investigation is ongoing and he encourages anyone with information about either event to contact the Tofino RCMP at 250-725-3242.

No one was harmed in either fire because no one was in either structure when the fires were lit though a person does occasionally sleep in one of the trailers that was set ablaze.

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