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8 fires deliberately set in Richmond: RCMP

Police ask for help in identifying suspect
Richmond has a Moderate fire danger rating. Photo by: Pixabay

Richmond RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in a series of suspicious fires.

The eight arson incidents span from late March 2020 to present, according to RCMP, and occurred in the area ranging, from west to east, along McCallan Road to St. Albans Road, and north to south from Bennett Road to Afton Drive.

The RCMP said there may have been other incidents that haven’t yet been reported to police.

In each of the incidents – which all took place between midnight and 5 a.m. – hedges or garbage bins have been deliberately set on fire. So far, said RCMP, there have been no injuries.

“(That) the potential for serious injury or property damage had the fires not been extinguished is very concerning,” said Cpl. Dennis Hwang in a news release.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his late teens or early 20s, wearing a light-coloured hoodie, dark baggy pants and a backpack.

The Richmond RCMP is asking the community to report any suspicious behaviour to the police.

If you have any information about these incidents, including dash-cam footage, contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or by email at