Fires set at 3 homes in Surrey

RCMP are investigating after three fires were purposely set in Surrey, B.C.
The front-door area of this Cloverdale townhome was extensively damaged by an arsonist. (CBC)

RCMP are investigating after fires were purposely set at three homes in Surrey, B.C.

The fires were reported within the Cloverdale area on Sunday between 3:30 and 5 a.m. PT.

"All three fires appear to have been intentionally set and in two cases Halloween decorations were the targeted source of ignition," RCMP said in a release Monday.

No injuries were reported, but there was extensive property damage to the front entranceways of the residences, the release said.

The first fire was reported at a townhome in the 6900 block of 188th Street.

A neighbour helped extinguish the fire and awoke the tenant.

The second fire was reported at about 4:30 a.m. in the 6600 block of 187A Street. Occupants in the home had smelled smoke and called the fire department.

Police were then called about 5 a.m. to attend a third residence in the 6400 block of 189th Street for a suspicious fire. The homeowner had smelled smoke and called the fire department.

Police are speaking with potential witnesses and checking video surveillance in the area. No suspects have been identified.

Anyone with more information about the incidents is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP.