March 11, 2018 1:34 pm

String of suspicious fires in Armstrong

Residents in Armstrong are shocked by a string of fires happening in the early hours of the morning when the quiet neighbourhood is sleeping. Jules Knox reports on concerns that the fires are suspicious.


Residents in a quiet Armstrong neighbourhood are worried after fire crews have been called to the same block three times in two days.

Around 2 a.m. Friday morning, fire crews responded to a suspicious fire on the 3600 block of Warner Avenue.

They found an attached garage fully engulfed in flames and the home substantially damaged.

Neighbours said it was the second time in two days that somebody had tried to light the house on fire.

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Meanwhile, down the street, Bob Lebarron just happened to wake up in the middle of the night. He went to turn off what he thought was his garage light.

When he opened the door, he saw the garage was full of smoke.

Lebarron went to grab a fire extinguisher and said he watched as fire trucks whizzed past his house.

“I hadn’t phoned 911 yet, and then when I see the firetrucks go by, and they’re going to another fire down the road. I’m going, ‘Well, this didn’t happen by itself,’” he said.

Lebarron added that he managed to douse the blaze at his home with the fire extinguisher.

“I’m lucky, and I know that. It’s not something I wish on anybody,” he said, adding that he talked to fire crews and police afterwards.

Lebarron said his neighbours fared much worse in their fire, and they’re devastated.

RCMP are asking residents to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

“We are alive to the fact that these fires have occurred within a short period of time and have similar circumstances,” RCMP Const. Kelly Brett said. “We are confident that someone has information that can further these investigations and are asking anyone with information to contact us.”

Police said there were no injuries in the fire.

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