Elsipogtog RCMP fire

On Oct. 18 a minor fire was extinguished outside the same building, just hours after a violent clash between RCMP and shale gas protesters. (Michel Nogue/Radio-Canada)

Police and the fire marshal’s office are investigating what they call a suspicious fire at the RCMP detachment in Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick on Friday night.

Firefighters and RCMP were called to the fire outside of the building at around 8 p.m.

This is the second fire at the Elsipogtog RCMP detachment in the last week. On Oct. 18 a minor fire was extinguished outside of the building, just hours after a violent clash between RCMP and shale gas protesters.  

RCMP Sgt. André Pépin said damage to the structure could have been much worse.

“The fire was quickly contained and the damage was minimal to the detachment thanks in large part to members of the Elsipogtog community who were already working to put out the fire out when the firefighters arrived,” he said.

A 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy were arrested in connection to the fire but were later released.  

Pépin said evidence at the scene indicated the fire was deliberately set, but he could not say exactly what that evidence is.

He said the damage was minor and the detachment is still useable.