Seniors safe after Ridge RCMP douse suspected arson fire
RCMP officers put out a fire early Friday, saving two local businesses and the seniors who live above them.
One officer was patrolling the 22500-block of Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge around 3:50 a.m. when he spotted the fire. He observed what appeared to be two men running from the scene.
The officer called for backup, then gained entry to the businesses through a window.
Using fire extinguishers, RCMP officers doused the flames before any serious damage occurred.
Two seniors live in apartments above the businesses.
"With tenants living above these buildings, this fire could have been very serious, or even deadly," said Sgt. Dale Somerville. "Due to the quick thinking of our members, the fire was put out in its early stages.”
Firefighters attended to ensure no hot spots remained, and to monitor cleanup.
Police suspect the fire was deliberately set.
Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Services were called to track the suspects that same morning and the area was cordoned off, but they were not located.
Police are now asking for anyone who observed the male suspects running from the area to call the Ridge Meadows detachment (604-463-6251).