File # 2013-897/898
2013-03-26 11:51 PDT

The Castlegar RCMP and the Castlegar Fire Dept are investigating two suspicious fires which occurred overnight in Castlegar.

On March 25, 2013 between 2230 and 2255 hours the Castlegar RCMP and Castlegar Fire Dept responded to two fires. The first fire reported involved a parked vehicle found engulfed in flames in the parking lot of the Kinnaird Community Church in the 1200 block of 26th Street. The van belonged to the Red Cross.

 fire St Ritas church van fire Kinnaird church

The second fire which was reported at 23:55, involved the main building of the St Ritas Catholic church located on 7th Avenue. As a result of the fire the main church structure was lost however the rectory and church hall were undamaged in the incident. No one was injured as a result of either of the fires.

St Ritas church fire interior fire damage St Ritas church

The causes of these fires are currently under investigation, with both incidents being treated as suspicious. The Castlegar RCMP along with resources from the Kootenay Boundary Regional General Investigation Section, Castlegar Fire Dept have started the scene examinations in order to assist in determining the cause.

RCMP investigators are asking that should anyone believe they saw something suspicious in both areas last night or who may have any information with respect to these fires, is asked to call the Castlegar RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


Sgt Laurel Mathew

NCOi/c Casltegar Detachment



Released by

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk

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South East District
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