Members of the Campbellton RCMP are investigating more than 30 structure fires that have occurred since the beginning of 2018.
The fires have happened in several communities including Campbellton, Val d'Amour, Eel River Crossing, and Dalhousie.
More than 20 of the fires have been deemed suspicious or deliberately set. In several other cases, police and fire officials have not been able to determine conclusively what caused the fires.
Most of the fires happened during the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. They have involved homes, residential and commercial garages, and other structures. No injuries have been reported in connection with any of the incidents.
The most recent fire being investigated occurred in the early morning hours of August 21, 2019, at a commercial building on Water Street in Campbellton. The investigation into the cause of that fire is ongoing, but has been determined to be suspicious in nature.
"We want residents to know that the RCMP is working to identify those responsible for these fires," said Sgt. François Côté of the Campbellton RCMP. "We are working closely with the New Brunswick Office of the Fire Marshal to investigate these fires, both individually and looking at any potential similarities between them. We also need the public's help, as residents are the eyes and ears of their community and play a very important role in helping to solve crime."
Police are asking anyone with information about any the fires or about those who may be responsible, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact the Campbellton RCMP at 506-789-6000. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.