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Attempted break-in at Salvation Army leads police to fire

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An attempted break-in at Duncan's Salvation Army may have been a blessing in disguise since it also led police to noticing the start of a fire on the store's roof.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were called to the Trans-Canada Highway store just after 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, after a witness reported two men seen trying to pry its front door open.

Police attended in multiple vehicles but did not locate the suspects, who were described as two Caucasian males in their early 20s.

Cpl. Greg Pask said the store's alarm remained armed, with no entry gained and no damage to the local thrift store.

While on scene, though, one of the police officers saw smoke coming from the store's roof, which was being replaced during the day.

The Duncan Fire Department was called and quickly extinguished the burning roofing material.

"The fire was determined not to be suspicious," said Pask, "and no access to the building or roof by any suspects was gained."

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