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Firebug targeting Richmond apartment buildings

09/09/2011 11:26 EDT | Updated 11/09/2011 05:12 EST

Police are concerned a firebug is targeting Richmond, B.C., apartment buildings and poses a serious threat to residents.

Four suspicious fires have been set inside buildings at different locations throughout Richmond — three of them at residential buildings — and are believed to be connected, Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said in a release Friday.

Two of the fires under investigation occurred in apartment buildings: on Aug. 21 in the 9500 block of Odlin Road and Sept. 2 in the 6100 block of Buswell Street.

“These fires displaced many residents of the apartment buildings involved, but fortunately no one was injured,” said Turley. "Both fires began at the front door of the suites in the hallways where gasoline was used as an accelerant.”

On Sept. 6, a third fire was set, not at a residential building, but at the Palm Springs Health Spa in the 6500 block of Buswell Street. Police are connecting this incident because an accelerant was sprayed into the business through the mail slot.

On Sept. 7, an arson fire occurred in the 8100 block of Granville Avenue. The fire started outside the door of a suite in the hallway and gasoline was used. The suite was unoccupied.

Turley said Richmond RCMP’s Arson Task Force is investigating and urged apartment residents not to allow strangers into their buildings and to be vigilant.

Residents are also asked to call 911 if they smell gasoline or see individuals carrying gasoline into an apartment building, said Turley.

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