Selkirk, Manitoba – On May 8, 2023, at approximately 4:05 am, Selkirk RCMP responded to a vehicle fire in a driveway of a residence, on Liss Road, in the RM of St.Andrews.
The vehicle was already completely engulfed in flames upon the arrival of the Fire Department and RCMP officers.
Video surveillance of the incident showed that at approximately 3:00 am, two individuals in a truck, approached the two vehicles parked in the driveway and poured what is believed to be a liquid accelerant on both vehicles. One suspect is then seen starting the fire. Both suspects then fled the scene.
At around 4:00 am, the homeowners were awakened by three people who came across the fire. The three good Samaritans knocked on the front door and bedroom window to alert the residence to get out of the home.
The homeowners, two adults and three children, were able to get out of the home safely.
Before emergency services arrived, the homeowner and neighbour worked together and dragged the vehicle away from the residence to prevent the fire from spreading to the garage and home.
“This arson is very concerning as there was a family, including young children, asleep in the home when the fire was started. It could have easily spread to the residence”, said Corporal Julie Courchaine of the Manitoba RCMP. “We are asking the public to share any information they have on this incident by calling the Selkirk RCMP or Crime Stoppers.”
If you have information on this incident please call Selkirk RCMP at 204-482-1222, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.
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