Saskatoon man sought over 2 apartment fires
Fires targeted same tenant, witnesses say
Saskatoon police are searching for a man suspected of setting two fires at the same apartment building.
They've released a photo of Sal Papia, 52, and are asking the public for information to help find him.
On Thursday, people living in a west-side Saskatoon apartment building told CBC News they are living on edge after two fires in three days.
Tenants living at 1401 Wellington Street spoke with CBC but asked their names not be used.
Residents say both fires happened inside the three-storey building, and targeted a specific tenant. Seniors and families with small children are also living in the building.
The first fire happened at 10:30 p.m. CST Sunday. Witnesses said a man tried to set a tenant’s apartment door ablaze, but that it was put out almost immediately.
In the second incident, around 9:30 pm. Tuesday, witnesses said a man poured a flammable liquid under the same tenant’s door. The liquid ignited, but a neighbour was able to put it out.
Those cases, and other episodes involving the targeted tenant’s car windows getting smashed, have people frightened.
Police issued warrants for arson and breach of probation for Papia on Thursday. He is described as 5’10" tall, weighing 170 pounds and has brown hair and green eyes. He has a moustache and goatee.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Saskatoon Police Service at 975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
With files from CBC's Dan Zakreski