Four fires set Monday

The Whitehorse fire department was busy on Monday night. "We had several calls," said fire Chief Clive Sparks. Two fires were set near the Elijah Smith Elementary School around 6 p.

The Whitehorse fire department was busy on Monday night.

“We had several calls,” said fire Chief Clive Sparks.

Two fires were set near the Elijah Smith Elementary School around 6 p.m.

Another fire was reported in a green space in Arkell at 7:25 p.m.

And 20 minutes later the fire department got another call about a fire at Ecole Emilie Tremblay

“We think they were possibly connected,” said Sparks. “With those types of fires there’s really not a lot that you can see to see as a cause, but we don’t think that they were totally accidental.”

None of the fires posed a threat to any nearby buildings, said Sparks

All of them were for what he described as, “small campfire type fires.”

While there was no property damage the RCMP is still treating it very seriously, said Sgt. Don Rogers.

“Fire is fire,” he said. “Whether it’s malicious or not, it has the potential to get out of hand,”

There were no arrests made.

Two suspects were stopped, questioned and later released.

“Witnesses that saw some youth at one of the fires, so we’re working with them to try to identify who they might be,” said Rogers. “It’s under investigation and if any one has any information we’d be happy to hear from them.”

Contact Josh Kerr at

joshk@yukon-news.com

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