Mounties probe suspicious vehicle fire

NANAIMO – Police investigating suspect behind suspicious car fire on the weekend.

Police in Nanaimo are investigating a car fire allegedly sparked by an act of arson.

The blaze happened on the 3400 block of Arrowsmith Road in the Rock City area of central Nanaimo about 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

“Why do we say it’s probably arson? Because there was a lit rag in the gas tank,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

O’Brien said the investigation is in its early stages and police are looking at one potential suspect, a Caucasian man in his early 30s who has a connection to the car and who was allegedly involved in several other crimes around the time of the fire.

The car has been impounded by police for further forensic investigation.

Anyone with any information concerning this case is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at