Police not sure if Vancouver fires are linked

Vancouver police say it's not clear whether eight fires set in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood since June 3 are all the work of one person.
Police says there have been eight suspected arsons in the Shaughnessy-South Granville area in two months, the CBC's Deborah Goble reports 2:14

Vancouver police say it's not clear whether eight fires set in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood since June 3 are all the work of one person.

Police say all eight fires have been set in the early morning hours between Arbutus and Oak streets, and 15th and 35th avenues. The fires have been set in cars, garbage cans and garages.

Vancouver police Const. Jana McGuinness said police believe all the fires were set intentionally.

"Property damage has included fences, garages, home and vehicles — significant damage in some of these cases," she said.

Vancouver firefighters fight what might be the latest in a series of arsons that have plagued two West Side neighbourhoods in recent months. (CBC)

The most recent fire, at a home in the 2000 block of W. 35th Avenue, caused the most damage.

A 75-year-old woman sleeping in the home was alerted by her barking dog. She saw the flames and managed to escape the home without any injuries.

McGuinness said investigators can't say if one person is behind every fire.

"Right now, other than this obvious geographical link, we haven't established enough to say they are all tied together," she said.

Police are warning residents to be extra vigilant, and not to leave garbage or recycling in laneways until collection day.

Anyone who sees anything suspicious is asked to call 911 immediately. Anyone with information on the fires is asked to call Vancouver police.