The Williams Lake RCMP are at the scene where a small fire started in a garage at a home on Lexington Road outside the city limits. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo.

The Williams Lake RCMP are at the scene where a small fire started in a garage at a home on Lexington Road outside the city limits. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo.

RCMP determine Lexington Road fire is caused by arson

Five males in custody

RCMP have now have five males in custody in relation to a garage fire at a home on Lexington Road that was confirmed earlier today to be a criminal case of arson.

On Aug. 15, at 5:41 a.m. the Williams Lake RCMP were dispatched to a report of a fire in the Lexington Road Subdivision. The caller reported seeing males hiding in the area after they attempted to light a number of fires, reports Inspector Jeff Pelley.

Quick thinking by a number of local bystanders extinguished the flames before anyone was hurt or any damage to homes was done.

RCMP investigators looking into the fire confirmed this morning that the fire was intentionally set and considered to be a criminal case of arson.

Throughout the investigation officers determined a number of break and enters had also occurred throughout the subdivision, along with other attempted fires.

The Williams Lake RCMP currently have five males in custody, the investigation is ongoing at this time and remains a top priority for the Williams Lake General Investigations Section and Cariboo Crime Reduction Unit.

“The immediate response of the bystanders and Williams Lake Fire Department likely prevented this event from causing serious harm to the home owner. Another fire within the city limits could have had a detrimental effect on our community. Our officers have been working diligently and in partnership with the fire department to assess evidence and apprehend the suspects responsible for this crime” says Inspector Jeff Pelley.

Inspector Pelley reminds the public to report any suspicious activity or people within their neighbourhood. Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the Williams Lake RCMP Detachment at 250-392-6211. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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