Nanaimo police, fire department probe multi-vehicle fire

NANAIMO – Suspicious fire involves at least 10 vehicles at towing company storage yard south of Nanaimo.

Police and Nanaimo Fire Rescue investigators are sifting through the aftermath of a fire that involved more than 10 vehicles in south Nanaimo on the weekend.

Firefighters were called out to the blaze in the Central Island Towing storage compound, at 140 Tenth St., Saturday at about 3 a.m. where they found several vehicles and two trailers on fire.

“There was a large amount of smoke coming from the rear of the yard in two separate fires,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “It was later determined that a 52-foot-trailer and then 10 vehicles were on fire.”

A second fire was also found in another trailer in a separate location in the yard, but it had only smouldered and not caused significant damage by the time firefighters dealt with it.

O’Brien said there were no injuries, but there was significant fire damage.

“The RCMP is working jointly with fire investigators at this point,” he said.

Police are also investigating a suspicious fire on Sabiston Street that happened Oct. 22.

“It’s too early to say whether they’re related, but we’re certainly looking for anything that would establish a link between the two.”

Anyone with information, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or submit a tip online at