File # 2013-898
2013-03-27 15:50 PDT

Investigators looking into the 2 suspicious fires have now confirmed that the Church and Vehicle fires were deliberately set. This act is a serious occurrence at anytime of the year but especially disturbing with the Easter Season soon to be upon us.

The Castlegar RCMP along with resources from the Kootenay Boundary Regional General Investigation Section, Castlegar Fire Department and B.C. Fire Commissioners Office are involved in this investigation.

Officers are presently completing the scene examination as well as interviewing witnesses and following up on any tips or information received from the public.

RCMP investigators continue to ask anyone that may have taken video or photographs of the Catholic Church fire to please attend the Castlegar Detachment and pass along the footage or photos of the fire.

Police are seeking the public's assistance, if any person saw something suspicious in either area on the night of March 25, 2013, or who may have any information with respect to these fires, they're asked to call the Castlegar RCMP at 250-365-7721 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Callers to CRIME STOPPERS remain Anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Sgt Laurel Mathew
NCOi/c Castlegar Detachment


Released by

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
South East District
1168 Main Street, Penticton B.C. V2A-5E8
Office: 250-770-4754
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