Arsonist causes significant damage to multiple vehicles, carport and building in Surrey

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SURREY RCMP are seeking information on an arson that occurred in Whalley early Tuesday morning.

On April 25 at approximately 2 a.m., Surrey Fire Service notified Surrey RCMP of a fire in the 13400-block of Hilton Road. The fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported.  There was significant damage to multiple vehicles, a carport and a neighboring building.

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit and Arson coordinator are working in partnership with Surrey Fire Service to advance the investigation.  The motive of the arson has not been determined and police are actively working to identify the suspect.

Video surveillance shows a person lighting what appears to be a mattress on fire prior to walking away. The suspect is believed to have arrived and departed on foot and can be seen pushing a three-wheel jogging stroller with plastic covering the contents.

“This senseless act placed people’s lives at risk. Thankfully, the neighboring building was quickly evacuated and the fire did not spread to it,” said Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer Cpl. Vanessa Munn. “Although no one was physically injured, this fire negatively impacted building residents, as well as a local business.”

Anyone with information about the fire or anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.