Fire investigator flares over stump blaze

A stump fire started by fireworks sparks angry response from Nanaimo fire investigator.

Firefighters managed to snuff out a fire in a tree stump before it got a chance to turn serious Tuesday.

The fire was reported shortly before 6 p.m. in a heavily wooded city park in the 5900 block of Sunset Road in north Nanaimo.

Ennis Mond, Nanaimo Fire Rescue loss prevention officer, said the fire was triggered by three teenagers setting off Roman candles who were spotted by witness as they fled the park.

Mond didn’t mince words about setting off fireworks given recent hot, dry weather and the high risk for bush fires breaking out.

“You can play that up any way you want because that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of doing on a dry weather day,” Mond said.