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Nanaimo fire crews busy over weekend

Several suspicious small fires around the city kept Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews busy over the weekend.

Fire officials say crews responded to at least 10 garbage can, dumpster and bush fires Friday night through Sunday.

Rick Kwasnecha, fire prevention officer with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, said suspicious fires were doused on vacant land behind retail stores Friday afternoon in the 6500 block of the Island Highway. A small bush fire near Home Depot was also extinguished overnight Saturday.

"It's dry out there still but because this was in the middle of the night it was probably intentional," said Kwasnecha.

The suspicious blazes have been turned over to the RCMP for further investigation.

Other fires were also put out by crews late Saturday along the Millstone River near Bowen Park, as were suspicious dumpster fires at Dover bay Secondary School and McGirr elementary school.

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