Richmond RCMP is investigating four suspicious fires in apartment buildings that have rendered several families homeless.
The fires started at different locations throughout Richmond, but are believed to be connected due to similarities.
On Aug 21, a fire was set in the 9500 block of Odlin Road and on Sept. 2 there was another fire in the 6100 block of Buswell Street.
The fires displaced many residents of the apartment buildings involved, but fortunately no one was injured.
Both fires began at the front door of the suites in the hallways where gasoline was used as an accelerant.
On Sept. 6, another fire was reported at the Palm Springs Health Spa in the 6500 block of Buswell Street.
The business was not occupied at the time and no one was injured.
In this case an accelerant was sprayed into the business through the mail slot.
And on Sept. 7, the most recent fire occurred in the 8100 block of Granville Avenue. Again, the fire started outside the door of the suite in the hallway and gasoline was used. The suite was unoccupied and no one was injured.
Richmond RCMPs arson task force is investigating and residents of apartment buildings are being asked to not let non-residents into their buildings.
They are also being asked to be vigilant to suspicious activities in and around their homes.
Residents are also asked to call 911 if they smell gasoline or see individuals carrying gasoline into an apartment building.
Anyone with information regarding these fires is asked to call Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212, or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.