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Suspect charged over several summer fires set in Victoria and Saanich

Edwin Singh faces multiple counts of arson in relation to fires set at vehicle businesses
A 42-year-old has been charged with four counts of arson in relation to a July 12 fire at a Government Street car dealership, along with three other fires set over the summer. (Screengrab Brandon Kainz video)

A 42-year-old has been charged in relation to several fires set in Victoria and Saanich this summer, including ones that damaged several vehicles.

Edwin Singh was arrested on Sunday (Aug. 27) and charged with four counts of arson over the fires that date back to late June.

The first three fires were set in the 2500-block of Government Street. The first of those came on June 23, when a vehicle fire at a car rental business caused considerable damage to the ride. An officer driving by was able to extinguish that fire, VicPD said on Tuesday (Aug. 29).

Two fires were set on July 12, with one impacting at least two vehicles at the Government Street Mercedes dealership. Victoria’s fire chief at the time said that blaze completely burned away the convertible top of one car before the “difficult fire” spread to the second vehicle.

Singh is also charged with arson in relation to an incident in the 700-block of Tolmie Avenue on Aug. 16, where items in a loading zone were set on fire.

VicPD said nobody was injured during any of the fires, but they resulted in significant property damage.

Police won’t be sharing any other details about their investigation into the fires now that the matter is before the courts.

With files from Christine van Reeuwyk

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