Acts of vandalism and arson overnight in Chilliwack

Police say they're now combing through the evidence to see if the four calls in four hours had anything in common.

Several acts of arson and vandalism had the sirens blaring in Chilliwack overnight.

Police say they’re now combing through the evidence to see if the four calls in four hours had anything in common.

First it was a flaming wood pallet on the roof of the A.D. Rundle middle school at 11:30 p.m. Monday. Investigators say it appeared to have been covered with textbooks and torched with gas.

Firefighters managed to access the roof and quickly knock the fire down before it spread to the rest of the school, said Assistant Fire Chief Ian Josephson.

Then after midnight RCMP were called to Little Mountain elementary, where fire crews discovered paper lit on fire in a dumpster. It was the second dumpster fire of the night.

Then a couple of hours later they were called to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Corbould Street where a large rear window had been smashed.

Two small plastic flare cases and a stone were found inside. The window will cost about $2,500 to replace.

Finally at 3:40 emergency crews were called to the 7600-block of Nixon Road in Rosedale for a Jeep Cherokee that had been stolen some time after midnight, and later torched.

“The police are collectively looking at these files to determine if these incidents are related or not,” said RCMP Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth.  “We would really appreciate help from the community to determine who is responsible for these fires and hold them accountable.”

Anyone with information can call 604-792-4611 or anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) for Crime Stoppers.

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