Arson investigation into recycling centre fire

RCMP are trying to identify possible arsonists involved in a fire which destroyed the Fort St. James (GUF) recycling centre.

  • May. 22, 2012 1:00 p.m.

Video surveillance footage is being examined to help identify potential arsonists.

A nearby building had a video camera which may help to identify potential arsonists in the fire which destroyed the Greening Up Fort St. James (GUF) Integris Recycling Centre on the weekend.

The quality of the footage may require enhancement by RCMP video techs, but confirmation of the suspects’ identities is being worked on.

In the early morning hours of May 21, 2012 the Fort St. James R.C.M.P. and Fort St. James Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at the recycling facility located on Manson Street. When emergency crews arrived the building was fully engulfed in fire.

The Fort St. James Fire Department had as many as twenty members and two engines battling the blaze at it’s height. During the height of the blaze, fire crews responded to the roof of a near by shopping center in order to protect it from starting on fire. Fire crews were on scene for approximately four hours until the fire was extinguished and the site was deemed safe.

The investigation is in it’s early stages but has been deemed suspicious with the damage estimated to be in excess of $100, 000, stated Fort St. James Detachment Commander, Staff Sergeant Paul Thalhofer. The Fort St. James R.C.M.P. and Fort St. James Fire Department continue to work together on this investigation.

If you have any information that may assist in this investigation please contact the Fort St. James R.C.M.P at (250) 996-8269 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).