Two recent fires in Sherwood Park now being probed as arson have RCMP warning the public to be vigilant.
Strathcona County RCMP say the crews responded to the first fire at 5:56 a.m. on April 27. The blaze at a home on Charlotte Way was contained to a lower deck by the homeowner who doused it with a garden hose after the fire alarm went off.
An RCMP police service dog was called in to help with the investigation. No injuries were reported.
The second suspicious fire was on May 2, around 3:24 a.m. This time RCMP and Strathcona County Fire were called to a fully involved structure fire at a duplex on Charlotte Crescent. Residents of the home were able to escape without injury.
Investigators in both cases have since determined them to be suspicious and the fires are being investigated as arson. Video surveillance captured from both scenes also contains evidence to suggest that the two fires may be related.
Strathcona County RCMP General Investigation (GIS) is assisting with the investigation. Police asking anyone that has more information or video surveillance in the area around the time of the fires to contact police.
A previous fire at a Sherwood Park and Wye Road strip mall, now deemed arson, is not related, note RCMP.
Police encourage residents to take the following precautions:
-Store fuels and other flammable liquids in a secure location, such as a locked shed or garage;
-Dispose carefully of garbage, leaves, lumber and bulky waste;
-Keep firewood away from the house or garage;
-Place adequate lighting around the home and garage.