Monday , June 27 2022

The man arrested after fires at the athletics center, the Camosun college building in Saanich B.C.


An important feature in Saanich B.C. for many of Canada's finest athletes is closed after a fire was intentionally settled in the building early Sunday morning.

Police say they have arrested a 30-year-old man from Victoria, who has fired at the Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence (PISE) and another building near the campus of the Camosun College, called the CBA.

PISE offers facilities and programs for high-level athletes, but also for community members, including children and young people.

"There are many world-class athletes in our country who come here to train and work," said Dan Wood, deputy head of the Saanich fire department.

Firefighters responded to the first PISE fire immediately after 2 am on Sunday. As they extinguished him, the crews were alerted by another alarm from the other building. Firefighters discovered a small fire burning in, and the police arrested a suspect on the scene.

Const. Matt Cawsey wrote in a statement that more accusations are recommended, including punishment and entry, arson, evil and theft, and the suspect remains in custody.

Wood said that someone seems to have put boxes and posters in the CBA building lobby.

The second fire was relatively small.

As far as PISE is concerned, the damage was much more extensive. A reception area was set in fire, with computers, a desk and chairs. There is no smoke and water damage in the PISE building and it is unclear when it reopens.

"Of course dangerous"

The deliberately set fires follow another six, set in the Halloween night in an area that includes Saanich and Victoria.

Wood says burning is a futile crime.

"You know it's a reckless thing, and it jeopardizes not only their citizens and property, but also our firefighters who risk responding to them," he said. "There is no reason for this kind of behavior, it is certainly dangerous."

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