BC Hydro power pole deliberately set on fire, Nanaimo RCMP say

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BC Hydro pole set on fire in downtown Nanaimo
WATCH: BC Hydro says a number of people were put in danger last night after someone lit a power pole on fire in Nanaimo. – Mar 15, 2024

RCMP in Nanaimo, B.C., are investigating after someone apparently torched a utility pole.

The fire broke out at the base of a power pole in the city’s downtown core on Thursday night.

In an email, RCMP said it appears the culprit used an unknown accelerant to set the wooden pole ablaze.

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Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames before the fire spread, and there was no secondary damage.

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BC Hydro said the fire knocked out power in the area, but that crews were able to restore electricity and will replace the pole in the coming days.

“This was a dangerous act that not only exposed the perpetrators, but the public, first responders and our crews to significant risk,” the Crown corporation said in a social media post.

Police said they have yet to identify a suspect in the fire.

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