Police have determined the fire at the Hornby Island school is now suspicious in nature. Photo by Shelia Morissette/Twitter.

Police have determined the fire at the Hornby Island school is now suspicious in nature. Photo by Shelia Morissette/Twitter.

Hornby Island school fire suspicious; person of interest identified

  • Aug. 31, 2018 8:30 a.m.

On Aug. 26, 2018 at approximately 5:30 a.m. the Comox Valley RCMP was called to a suspicious fire at the Hornby Island School and Community Centre.

When police arrived at the school, firefighters were still working to extinguish the fire. Once the fire had been extinguished, it was obvious that a large part of the school had been burned.

“For the days following the fire, the Comox Valley RCMP, General Investigation Section had investigators at the scene to determine the cause of the fire,” said Comox Valley RCMP Const. Monika Terragni, media relations officer.

“Investigators can now confirm that the fire is suspicious in nature and they have identified a person of interest in connection with that fire.”

Police wish to speak with any additional witnesses who have information about this fire.

“If you have not spoken with the police and you saw anything suspicious before, during, or after the fire, please call us,” she added.

Anyone with information about this fire to call the Comox Valley RCMP detachment at (250) 338-1321 and refer to file number 2018-12075.

If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Comox Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at comoxvalleycrimestoppers.bc.ca. When reporting through Crime Stoppers, you never have to identify yourself or testify in court, and you could receive a cash reward for your information.

Comox Valley RCMP