RCMP in Leduc, Alta. are searching for a man suspected of setting a business on fire on Monday.
Emergency crews were called to Leduc Vapes, located at the corner of 50 Street and 50 Avenue, at around 2 a.m.
According to police, the suspect broke the front window of the business and threw an incendiary device into the building, starting the fire.
“It’s alarming and concerning,” Cpl. Laurel Scott with RCMP K Division said. “We don’t know what drew the person to (Leduc) Vapes.”
The fire quickly engulfed the business, as well as two adjacent buildings – Corinthia Flowers and Emilio’s BBQ – which were heavily damaged.
“All were unoccupied and nobody was injured,” RCMP said in a Monday news release.
Adele Huculak owns Corinthia Flowers. She said her son broke the news to her early Monday morning.
“He woke me up and said, ‘mom, I’m so sorry.’ And I said, ‘for what?’ and I came running down to see the fire next door,” she said. “My place is all damaged.
“There’s things salvageable, although there’s smoke damage. I don’t know.”
The suspect is described as being 5’8″ tall. He was wearing blue jeans, a light grey hoodie and a black overcoat.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Leduc RCMP at 780-980-7267 or contact Crime Stoppers.
“We need to speak to witnesses, if any. We need to gather any evidence that we can,” Scott said. “Anybody who thinks they have any information, please come forward, help us out. Any information whether it seems insignificant to somebody might be of great value to us. Anybody who saw anybody suspicious or looking a little out of place at this time of the morning.”
The city of Leduc is located about 30 kilometres south of Edmonton.
– With files from Carly McLennan.