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Vandals destroy boat, equipment

Assistant Fire Chief Rod Macfarlane takes photos of the damage vandals inflicted at Marine Park overnight Tuesday.  - Photo contributed
Assistant Fire Chief Rod Macfarlane takes photos of the damage vandals inflicted at Marine Park overnight Tuesday.
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Vandals were busy at the Marine Park wharf earlier this week, putting the area in jeopardy.

An angry Fire Chief, Brad Shirley said if it were not for an alert from a16th Street NE resident who called 911, a fire set in an aluminum boat could have been very serious.

Salmon Arm’s Hall 3 was dispatched at 2:16 Tuesday morning. When crews arrived, they found the contents of a small aluminum boat on fire.

“The fire was quickly extinguished; however, further investigation revealed a number of items that were vandalized,” said Shirley. “Small aluminum carts and fire extinguishers were dumped into the lake and boats had been vandalized and cut loose.”

“The fire was contained to the boat and firefighters were on scene for just over an hour,” he said, noting the RCMP are now investigating. “It’s certainly not something we want to see at all, obviously; however, at this time of year when we’re in such hot and dry conditions it’s very concerning.”

 

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