Grand Forks RCMP suspect arson in Hummingbird Bridge fire, ask people to be on lookout

Police are asking the public’s assistance regarding a fire at the Hummingbird Bridge on North Fork Road north of Grand Forks.


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Police are asking the public’s assistance regarding a fire at the Hummingbird Bridge on North Fork Road north of Grand Forks.

On Feb. 16 at around 9:30 p.m., Grand Forks RCMP received report of a possible attempted arson at the bridge.

“It looks like somebody put two large jerry cans full of gas near the bridge supports and lit them on fire,” Grand Forks RCMP’s Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison said. “Thankfully some people pushed the cans further down into the bank and stopped the fire.”

Harrison said the fire department arrived on the scene and put the fire out while Emcon Services inspected the bridge. There was no structural damage and the bridge is still usable.

There was a brown pickup truck that was initially said to be a vehicle of interest but RCMP later ruled it and its owner out completely.

Harrison said that it is the fourth such fire in the North Fork Road area in the last month and while he is asking the public to call the Grand Forks RCMP (250-442-8288) with any information, he is also asking people to keep their eyes peeled at the scene if another suspicious fire should take place.

“Certainly, if anyone has information they should call us, however, if there is another incident, and people arrive on the scene prior to police arriving we ask them to have a good look around to see who else is there,” explained Harrison. “If we are dealing with a person who falls under the definition of a pyromaniac, generally speaking, our investigation shows that those people stick around to watch their handiwork.”

He asked that people arriving on the scene take note to see if anyone else is there and that could give police a viable suspect.

“See who’s there or who leaves in a hurry before the police and the fire department arrive,” Harrison said.