Surrey house set on fire, burned vehicle nearby believed to be related to arson

 

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The spot where the suspects’ vehicle caught fire.

SURREY RCMP believe that a house that was reportedly set on fire intentionally and a burned vehicle found nearby in the 7900-block of 134th Street at about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday (August 5) are related.

“Investigators are looking into the possibility of the vehicle fire being linked to potential suspects as well as whether the suspects may have inadvertently burned themselves whilst setting the fire,” said Staff-Sgt. Dale Carr.

“The investigation is still in the very early stages as officers try and determine the exact circumstances and possible motive behind this incident.”

Surrey Fire Services attended and extinguished both fires and police of officers conducted neighbourhood canvassing and looked for video surveillance in the area.

“There has been no report of any injuries, however, the residence was believed to be occupied at the time,” police said.

There were two South Asian families in that residence, one in the basement suite and one upstairs. The fire was limited to the garage door and it was contained and put out fairly quickly by the fire department.

Cpl. Scotty Schumann told the VOICE on Thursday: “Part of the investigation is going to be a review of the history of the house and the residents. We don’t have any reason to believe that there is an issue right now. Certainly the [residents] are saying that they have no idea what the motive would be and they don’t have any conflicts with people that they are revealing to us. So it’s a bit of a mystery that way as well.”

However, sources told The VOICE that over the past few years, this property has been targeted and there was even a driveby shooting.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.