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Man arrested after arson fire, police warn public about fire risk

A suspected arsonist has been arrested in connection with a fire Tuesday, according to Trail top cop RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

“On May 28, at 5:44 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to the report of an intentionally set fire outside of the Gescan building in the 1300 block of Columbia Avenue in Trail,” Wicentowich said.

He said the RCMP located and arrested a 34-year-old male suspect near the area of the fire.  

“The 34-year-old male suspect will make his first court appearance on Aug. 15, at 9 a.m. in Provincial Court in Rossland,” he added. “The RCMP are still determining if there are any connections to the seven grass fires lit along Columbia Avenue on the Silver City Day Weekend, in May 2019.”

In related news, he said the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP are beginning to receive complaints of people throwing cigarette butts out of windows of vehicles. 

“The RCMP would like to remind the public that discarded cigarette butts can start fires which can quickly become out of control due to the dry conditions in Trail and the Greater area. This could result in damage to property and serious harm or death to the public.  Anyone caught throwing a cigarette butt out a vehicle window can face fines under the BC Motor Vehicle Act for littering. Any associated damage or harm to human life that result from this type of negligence can result in criminal and civil consequences to the perpetrator(s).”