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Two possible arson fires overnight in Chilliwack

Fire and police officials say they are investigating two fires that appear to have been deliberately set near downtown Chilliwack.

They also seem unrelated at this point in the investigation, say officials.

The first saw firefighters from Chilliwack fire halls 1 and 4 responding to a house fire in the 46000-block of Princess Avenue around midnight on Aug. 28.

Flames and smoke were coming from the second floor bedroom of a two storey house. Firefighters quickly knocked down and extinguished the fire.

"This fire appears to be deliberately set and is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP fire investigators," said assistant fire chief Mike Bourdon.

The second incident was at 2 a.m. Wednesday.

An alert resident reported "a gas can on fire" at the rear exit door of a building in the 9300-block of Edward Street.

"When firefighters from Chilliwack fire hall 1 arrived, the fire had been extinguished by the occupant using a dry chemical fire extinguisher. There was no structure damage to the building."

Again there were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

In this case as well, the fire appears to be deliberately set and is under investigation by both sets of investigators.

If anyone has any information about either incident, they are asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.chilliwackcrimestoppers.ca

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