A fire at Nanaimo’s Dollarama store on Monday night was arson, says Nanaimo Fire Rescue.
The investigation of a fire inside a dollar store in Nanaimo’s Harewood area has been taken over by Nanaimo RCMP, after a report it was purposely set.
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews were called to the Dollarama on Fifth Street at about 8:50 p.m. Monday, March 29, and found the store filled with smoke and a fire in the retail area.
Fire Chief Tim Doyle said his crews did a great job getting the fire under control quickly and said there were no reports of anyone hurt in the fire.
“The reports we’re getting from the scene, it looks like it was set,” the chief said.
Doyle said when attacking a fire in a retail store, firefighters “definitely try to limit the damage, absolutely, but that just comes with a quick knockdown, getting the smoke cleared out of the store and getting the sprinklers off once it’s safe to do so.”