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Fire at Georgetown shipyard suspicious, say RCMP

A fire at the vacant East Isle Shipyard in Georgetown, P.E.I., is suspicious, say RCMP.

'It looked like the building inside was fully engulfed'

The van was burning inside a building at the East Isle Shipyard. (CBC)

A fire at the vacant East Isle Shipyard in Georgetown, P.E.I., is suspicious, say RCMP.

Firefighters were called just before 2 p.m. Sunday.

"At first I didn't know what was on fire. It looked like the building inside was fully engulfed with the smoke that was coming from all vents," said Georgetown Fire Chief Mark Gotell.

"Wasn't sure what it was until the firefighters actually got in and then we realized it was the van [inside the building] that was burning."

Three departments responded to the fire, with close to 30 firefighters on site. They were able to put out the van fire in about 20 minutes.

Gotell said it is clear the fire started within the van. He said it was also clear from an open door that someone had just been inside the building. The shipyard has not been operational for several years, and the building isn't hooked up to electricity, said Gotell.

RCMP are asking anyone with information about the fire to contact Crime Stoppers or Kings District RCMP.

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With files from Sarah MacMillan

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