Suspicious fire investigated in Courtenay

Comox Valley RCMP are investigating a suspicious fire that occurred during the evening of July 1 at a storage facility at Piercy Road and 29th Street in Courtenay.

The boat fire was extinguished by the Courtenay fire department and no injuries were sustained.

RCMP confirm the storage compound has been victimized by many fires over the past couple of years. The cause of this fire is unknown and anyone with information is asked to contact the Comox Valley RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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The RCMP's North Island Traffic Services wishes to remind those who operate motorcycles that enforcement will be continuous over the summer months.

They add this is due partially to the number of serious collisions that have occurred in the past on highways.

Over the past several weeks, North Island Traffic Services has impounded motorcycles, issued two 90-day immediate roadside prohibitions, and completed five vehicle suspensions, which have been as a result of speed violations and/or alcohol-related offences.

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Employees and volunteers of the Comox Valley RCMP detachment are amazed with the outpouring of support they received from the community at Simms Park on Thursday for a barbecue lunch in support of Noah Cossenas.

Cossenas, a 13-year-old son of one of the detachment's employees, suffered a brain aneurysm a few weeks ago.

He was airlifted to BC Children's hospital for surgery and is now recovering as he attempts to regain mobility in his partially paralyzed body.

Cossenas, along with his mother, will be in Vancouver for the next couple of months, while his father and brothers hope to visit and offer support throughout the summer.

Staff, volunteers and families of the detachment decided to host the barbecue to raise funds to assist the family with travel expenses, which raised more than $7,000.

— Comox Valley RCMP

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