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Arson suspected in early morning fire in Keremeos

A reinforced, barb wire topped, chain link fence failed to stop vandalism and arson at a storage facility in Keremeos on Boxing Day. - Steve Arstad
A reinforced, barb wire topped, chain link fence failed to stop vandalism and arson at a storage facility in Keremeos on Boxing Day.
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Arson suspected in early morning fire in Keremeos

Two recreational vehicles were destroyed in a Boxing Day fire at the Ambry  storage facility in  Keremeos.

A flat deck trailer and at least eight other recreational vehicles were also damaged by fire or graffiti.

Fourteen Keremeos and District Volunteer firefighters reponded to their  third early morning fire this month when they responded to the blaze at Ambry Storage on Veterans Avenue at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, December 26, where they found a fifth wheel trailer and a motorhome engulfed in flames.

Arson is strongly suspected by Fire Chief Jordy Bosscha, as tracks in the snow and other evidence indicate deliberate human involvement.

“Tracks in the snow and graffiti are visible at each unit, as well as signs indicating where attempts were made to light the trailers,” he said. “There were also tracks to another unit with evidence indicating an attempt to set it on fire as well.” A flat deck trailer located near the burned out vehicles  also suffered heat damage.

At least eight other units stored in the yard suffered damage from spray painted graffiti.

Bosccha said the investigation has been turned over to Keremeos RCMP, as the fire department feels satisfied arson is the cause of the blaze at this point.

Fire pesonnel spent an hour and a half on scene. The incident was also attended by members of the Keremeos RCMP and BC Ambulance.

The Keremeos and District Volunteer Fire Department responded to two other late night / early morning fires in December.

A residence on Ferko Road in Cawston burned on on December 9 and a manufactured home fire on Beecroft Road in Cawston went up in flames on December 19.

 

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