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Truck stolen and set ablaze in Cowichan Lake-area woods

A recent theft/arsonist attack is boggling local RCMP.

A vehicle was stolen from Lake Cowichan’s Lakeview Park Campground day use lot, then lit on fire a few hours later down the nearby Fairservice Mainline logging road, during the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 5.

“I can’t imagine the thought process of someone lighting a fire to a vehicle in the forest, nearby the town. It boggles my mind,” Lake Cowichan RCMP Sgt. Dave Voller said. “It is alarming.

RCMP are still investigating the incident, and looking into where the vehicle accessed the road. With the main entrance locked up, the thief must have entered from another location.

The fire itself caused quite a stir on the TimberWest property, Coastal Fire Centre fire information officer Margie Drysdale said.

A 20-unit team from Port Alberni, a five-person initial attack team from Cobble Hill, and five TimberWest firefighters convened on-site after being called in at about 4:30 a.m.

The continued blaze throughout the day, reaching about an acre in size.

“It’s actually still on patrol,” Drysdale said, Friday, July 8. “They’ll check up until they’re absolutely sure it’s not still going on.”

Lake Cowichan RCMP are encouraging anyone with information on this matter to contact them, at 250-749-6668.

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