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Sunshine Inn vehicle fire believed to be Arson: RCMP

Updated Story at 1:21 PM

The Smithers RCMP received a request to assist the Smithers Fire Department at the Sunshine Inn located in the 3800 Block of Fourth Avenue.

According to police, eight vehicles, including four RCMP vehicles and one BC Ambulance were damaged or completely destroyed in the fire.

“Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire, which is the most important thing,” said North District RCMP Cpl. Madonna Saunderson.

“This appears to be a targeted attack on on emergency services vehicles. Preliminary investigation indicates this is an arson, and we are asking the public’s assistance in providing information so that the person, or persons involved may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Officers staying at the hotel regularly patrol the roads that lead to a Coastal Gas-Link construction site about 100 kilometres away.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility.

Coastal Gas-Link’s parent firm says it’s increased security at its B-C construction sites as a precaution.

Police are particularly interested in obtaining any dash cam video from individuals traveling between Houston and Smithers and New Hazelton and Smithers between the hours of 1:00 am and 6:00 am on October 26, 2022.

Updated Story at 12:15 PM

Multiple vehicles were on fire and sustained damage outside the Inn this morning, including RCMP and BC Hydro vehicles.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

Updated Story at 11:51 AM

The Smithers Fire Chief noted the blaze was responded to just after 4 o’clock this morning and has since been extinguished.

Police also confirmed to Moose FM there were no injuries.

Original Story at 8:32 AM

Firefighters and emergency crews from Smithers were on the scene early this morning (Wednesday) at the Sunshine Inn on Highway 16 and Queen.

An RCMP spokesperson on the scene has not provided any details other than to report it was a small vehicle fire.

He would not confirm if there were any injuries.

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