Two men are in custody following an arson at a downtown business. The men were arrested in connection with a fire to a downtown commercial business.
The fire was reported just before 8 pm on Saturday August 19 at a business located in the 400 block of Wentworth St.A front-line police officer while on patrol, saw the smoke and flames coming from the building and notified fire crews who responded immediately.
The fire was extinguished but not before causing extensive damage to the building. The building was not occupied a the time of the fire and there was no secondary damage to other structures. Based on information obtained, two men were located and arrested a short distance from the fire. The two have been remanded into police custody and are expected to make an appearance in Nanaimo Provincial Court on Tuesday August 22, 2023.
The building was secured until such time that fire inspectors can safely enter the structure and examine the damage caused by the blaze.
The investigation continues and if anyone has information on this incident and have not spoken with police, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.