RCMP are investigating after tires were allegedly set on fire at Nanaimo car dealership on Thursday, Dec. 9. (News Bulletin file photo)

RCMP are investigating after tires were allegedly set on fire at Nanaimo car dealership on Thursday, Dec. 9. (News Bulletin file photo)

Tires set fire at Nanaimo dealership, RCMP investigating

Emergency crews called to Bowen Road dealership Thursday, Dec. 9

Police in Nanaimo are investigating after tires were allegedly set fire last night at a Nanaimo car dealership.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded to the alarm shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Laird Wheaton General Motors dealership at 2590 Bowen Rd.

Tim Doyle, Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire chief, said the fire was in a compound behind the dealership’s main building.

“There was a lot of fire when crews arrived,” Doyle said. “Crews checked inside the building, but the fire was contained to the outside.”

Firefighters called Nanaimo RCMP shortly after arriving on scene.

“[Nanaimo Fire Rescue] advised the fire was actually to vehicle tires inside a small fenced area near the back side of the dealership,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, adding that the fire is being treated as suspicious.

O’Brien said there was no evidence of anyone having taken shelter in the compound and there are no suspects or witnesses.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP detachment’s non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file No. 2021-45549.

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