Saturday , November 28 2020

A man arrested after fires at an athletic center, Camoshun building in Saanich BK.



An important facility in Saanich B.C. because many of the best athletes in Canada are closed after having deliberately hit the building on Sunday morning.

Police argue that they have arrested a 30-year-old man from Victoria after fires at the PISE and another building in Camosun College's next campus campus, called the Center for Business and Access to Buildings.

PISE provides facilities and programming for high-profile athletes, but also for community members, including children and young people.

"It is home to many of the world-class athletes who come here to train and work," said Dan Wood, Deputy Chief of Operations for Saunich Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to the first fire in PISE shortly after 2 am on Sunday. As they extinguished, the crews were alerted to another alarm from the other building. Firefighters discovered a small fire that burns inside, and police arrested a suspect in the scene.

Const. Matt Coesy writes in a statement that several charges are recommended, including breakthrough and entry, arson, evil and theft, and that the suspect remains in custody.

Wood said that somebody seems to have put boxes and posters from the lobby of the CBA building.

The second fire was relatively small.

As far as PISE is concerned, the damage is much greater. There was a reception desk where there were computers, a desk and chairs. There is a smoke and water damage in the PISE building and it is not clear when it will open again.

"Of course dangerous"

The intentional fires follow another six people, set on Halloween night in an area encompassing Saannich and Victoria.

The tree says that arson is a useless crime.

"You know that this is reckless and puts at risk not only our citizens and their properties, but also puts our firefighters at risk of reacting to these," he said. "There is no reason for this type of behavior, it is certainly dangerous."


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