VIDEO: Suspected arson in Canada day vehicle fires downtown Chilliwack

Security footage shows two figures fleeing as Corvette ignites after midnight

A dramatic car fire that appears to have been intentionally set downtown Chilliwack just after midnight on Canada Day was caught on video by a neighbour’s security camera.

The black-and-white footage shows a car explode into flames followed by two figures running away.

The video then shows colour footage shot from the street with Mounties running around securing the scene, and firefighters tackling the blaze.

Destroyed in the fire was a Chevrolet Corvette and the car next to it in the Rotary Street driveway. At least one more car was also destroyed in the blaze.

The date stamp on the footage as the fire started was July 1 at 12:19 a.m.

Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail said Mounties banged on the door of the house and evacuated five people from the residence. There were no civilian injuries, but three officers were taken to Chilliwack General Hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation, and later released.

Three vehicles were destroyed in the fire with some damage to a fourth and some heat damage to the residence.

Neighbours on the street say the house was being rented out Airbnb style. The house was also subject to a fire some years back, possibly connected to drug production.

One comment on the YouTube video, that has since been deleted, suggested two individuals were seen shortly after this fire started attending a known drug house around the corner.

On Tuesday, one of the destroyed vehicles was still in the driveway.

• RELATED: Arson strikes yet another vacant house in downtown Chilliwack

• RELATED: Arson destroys vehicle, damages building downtown Chilliwack


@PeeJayAitch
paul.henderson@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

New Langley City mayor’s gala dedicated to Mom

Val van den Broek partners with Mounties to raise money for women’s health care at Langley hospital

VIDEO: Gun scare at Walnut Grove Secondary school was ‘unloaded pellet gun’

Police called in after photo circulated on social media

Thief boosted cash registers in Lower Mainland crime spree

Langley, Coquitlam, Burnaby, and New West were all hit, police say

Affordable housing for Langley seniors to open by early 2021

Emmaus Place is a partnership between a local church and goverment agencies

Vigil held for Aldergrove man and friend dubbed ‘heroes’ after fatal Harrison crash

Community mourns the passing of Josh Desrosiers and Devon Bruce at Aldergrove baseball field

VIDEO: Canadian allergists’ group wants Benadryl behind the counter due to side effects

Some doctors say the medication is over-used because of its easy availability

Yelling at your dog might hurt its long-term mental health: study

Researchers find dogs trained using negative reinforcement are more ‘pessimistic’

Vancouver Island soap company releases Lucky Lager beer soap

Beer-infused olive oil soap comes out just in time for holiday shopping

Jagmeet Singh says he’ll vote against throne speech if NDP requests not met

Singh is to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday

Community uses loophole to paint 16 rainbow crosswalks after B.C. council says no

So far 11 rainbows are painted and five planned, all since council denied the first proposal in September

Workers’ camp at LNG facility in Kitimat takes shape

Extensive worker camp now being assembled

Former B.C. youth pastor guilty on one of five sexual assault allegations

Judge cites reasonable doubt in finding Cloverdale couple not guilty of majority of charges

238 and counting: Vancouver gelato shop sets Guinness World record for most flavours

Vince Misceo has come up with 588 different flavours over the decades

Most Read