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Patio fire a suspected arson

Langford Fire Rescue and West Shore RCMP are investigating a suspected arson stemming from a house fire last week.

Langford fire was called to the 2600 block of Viola Place on Feb. 22 at around 10:30 p.m., and found the back patio on fire. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and damage was contained to patio doors and the wooden deck.

No one was injured and police say the single female occupant wasn’t home at the time.

Fire chief Bob Beckett said the outdoor location and nature of the fire made it suspicious and likely arson. Fire investigators are collecting physical evidence, although last week’s snow hampered the investigation.

RCMP Const. Julie Chanin said police investigators indicate there is evidence an accelerant was used on the patio. No suspects have been identified yet, she said.

Anyone who witnessed the fire or has information can call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).