RCMP probing fire at The Bay

Business was interrupted at The Bay when a rack of burning merchandise triggered the store's sprinkler system and scrambled firefighters to Woodgrove Centre Thursday.

Firefighters were called out at about 2:30 p.m. after someone had apparently set a rack of clothes on fire near one wall on the south side of the store.

"The store has pretty high ceilings and the flames were high enough to trigger the sprinkler system," said Capt. Ennis Mond, Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officer.

Mond said store employees pulled the rack away from the wall and snuffed the flames out with two fire extinguishers.

Two female employees injured their hands breaking the glass covering a fire alarm pull station, but Mond said he did not know the extent of their injuries.

No other injuries were reported.

"All appearances are that somebody went in there and lit the rack on fire," Mond said.

The investigation has been turned over to the RCMP.

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