RCMP believe dumpster fire was intentionally set

A dumpster fire that was lit last week in the downtown area of Rimbey may have been relatively minor but that certainly doesn’t mean the RCMP aren’t on the case.

  • Jan. 19, 2010 8:00 p.m.

Review staff

A dumpster fire that was lit last week in the downtown area of Rimbey may have been relatively minor but that certainly doesn’t mean the RCMP aren’t on the case.

“At approximately 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 12, the RCMP got a call to assist the fire department at a dumpster-type fire behind the Pharmasave,” said Sgt. Mark Groves. “The fire was contained by the fire department right away, there were no injuries and the fire did not spread outside of the dumpster.

“During the subsequent investigation, fire officials and the RCMP determined that the fire had been deliberately set and police are actively investigating the matter to see if any suspects can be identified.”

Groves said police are performing follow-up investigations and have interviewed possible witnesses as well as conducting a neighbourhood inquiry to see if anyone may have seen something suspicious in the area.

Groves said police believe the blaze was intentional due to the way it was placed inside the dumpster, however he was quick to add that it appeared the fire was little more than a prank.

“We believe it was intentional by the way it appeared the fire was set, but I don’t believe an accelerant was involved,” he said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Rimbey RCMP at 403-843-4909.