British Columbia

'Fire outside Woodfibre LNG/FortisBC office 'suspicious' say Squamish police

A fire outside the community office of Woodfibre LNG and Fortis B.C. in Squamish B.C. yesterday is under investigation and deemed 'suspicious' by RCMP.

'It is deemed to be suspicious in nature,' says RMCP Sgt. Jolaine Percival of Squamish RCMP

A fire outside an office building on Cleveland Ave. in Squamish, B.C., is under investigation by the RCMP. (Google Maps)

A small fire that broke out early Nov. 3 outside the community office of Woodfibre LNG and Fortis B.C. in Squamish is under investigation and deemed 'suspicious' by Squamish RCMP.

The fire reported around 4 a.m. PT was doused quickly and injured nobody, said a release on the Woodfibre LNG website.

"Our community office will remain closed while we make the necessary repairs," the company said in a written statement.

RCMP confirmed arson is suspected.

"The cause of the fire has not been determined in this early stage of the investigation, however, it is deemed to be suspicious in nature," said Squamish RCMP Sgt. Jolaine Percival in a press release.

The fire happened a day before Premier Christy Clarke arrived in Squamish for an announcement about the future of the controversial Woodfibre LNG plant on Friday. But so far police have not drawn any connection between the two events.

But on Friday morning two RCMP officers were stationed out front of the office and police tape was up around the entrance.

"The safety of our employees and the public, and the security of our assets is FortisBC's number one priority," read a press release on the natural gas company's website.

"Our community office has been a place of peaceful and constructive dialogue for more than two years. We know that this incident is not representative of the community of Squamish."