Fire department says two early-morning blazes deliberately set

Firefighters from two halls made quick work of a fire in a house on First Avenue and now they want to know who started it.

The Chilliwack Fire Department believes an early morning fire in the 46,000 block of First Avenue was an act of arson.

Just before six a.m. Thursday firefighters from two halls arrived at a vacant single-story house to find flame and smoke in the living room. They were quick to douse it, limiting damage to the one room.

There were no injuries.

Shortly after seven a.m. firefighters had a second blaze to battle.

This one broke out in the living room of a vacant two-story house in the 46,000 block of Gore Avenue. Firefighters worked quickly to get it under control, extinguishing two small fires in the living room and another in an upstairs bedroom.

There were no injuries.

Investigators from the fire department and police are asking anyone with info to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crimestoppers (anonymously) at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Meanwhile, they’re also reminding home owners to communicate with their insurance provider if a home is going to be vacant for any significant length of time.