PIR arson suspect arrested

RCMP nabbed a suspect after another arson involving two fires at Pacific Inland Resources in Smithers Sunday night.

On Sunday night at 10:08 p.m., Smithers RCMP and the Smithers Fire Department responded to a report of two fires at Pacific Inland Resources (PIR), located at 2375 Tatlow Road in Smithers.

These two fires were intentionally set, and in both cases an accelerant was used to both sustain and expedite the spread of fire. PIR employees quickly activated fire suppression systems, and with the assistance of Smithers Fire Department were able to extinguish the fire before it spread throughout the mill site.

Smithers RCMP located and arrested a 49-year-old male observed in the area without incident. This male is still in custody, and officers continue to investigate with the assistance of the RCMP Forensic Identification Team.

Anyone with information regarding this arson is requested to contact the Smithers RCMP at 250-847-3233 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222–8477.


Released by Sgt. Shaun Begg

Smithers RCMP