May 12, 2014 12:29 pm

Arrest made in connection to rash of fires in Abbotsford

Video: A 20-year-old man has been charged in connection with a string of arson in Abbotsford.  Five suspicious fires that took place in a 48-hour period last month.  Darlene Heidemann explains how the arrest came about.

Police in Abbotsford have made an arrest in connection to a rash of fires that took place in April.

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According to police, Colby Drew Jandrew, 20, has been charged with four counts of arson and one count of public mischief.

Between April 16 and 18, five suspicious fires were lit in central Abbotsford. All the fires occurred in the same area during the early morning hours, according to police.

An abandoned home in the 32200-block of Hillcrest Avenue was significantly damaged, and a family of four had to be evacuated after a blaze was lit in the carport of another home.

“These fires created a great deal of concern for the community, especially in the affected areas and neighbourhoods,” police said in a release.

Jandrew is expected to appear in court Monday.

In April, he was convicted of a break and enter with intent to commit offence. He has also been charged with three counts of breach of undertaking and mischief under $5,000 in connection to a separate file in Port Coquitlam.

On April 24, another three suspicious fires occurred in neighbouring Mission, however, investigators do not believe these fires are connected to the Abbotsford fires.

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