Suspicious vehicle fire investigated

The Whitehorse RCMP and fire department are continuing to investigate after a suspicious vehicle fire on Thursday morning.

The Whitehorse RCMP and fire department are continuing to investigate after a suspicious vehicle fire on Thursday morning.

The fire occurred around 3 a.m. on Seventh Avenue. A parked Chevrolet minivan was engulfed by fire by the time emergency responders arrived, said deputy fire chief Kevin Lyslo. The fire had spread to the home and siding began to melt. No one needed to be evacuated and were not in immediate danger, said Lyslo.

No one was injured, said Const. Christine Grant with the Whitehorse RCMP.

But police are considering the situation to be suspicious and are continuing to investigate, she said.

“It’s not very often that vehicles parked suddenly start on fire,” said Const. Christine Grant with the Whitehorse RCMP.

It’s too early to say whether this fire is connected with recent arsons in Whitehorse, said Grant.