Lock’s Pharmacy open with boarded-up window after building saw deliberately set fire in early hours of Feb. 3, 2022. Chilliwack resident Dorothy Verbeek surveys the damage on Feb. 4, 2022. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress

Lock’s Pharmacy open with boarded-up window after building saw deliberately set fire in early hours of Feb. 3, 2022. Chilliwack resident Dorothy Verbeek surveys the damage on Feb. 4, 2022. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress

UPDATE: Chilliwack saw early-morning arson fire downtown in Lock’s building

‘This fire was deliberately set and is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP’

Chilliwack fire crews knocked down a fire that broke out from the ground floor window of the Lock’s Pharmacy building on Main Street in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“This fire was deliberately set and is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP fire investigators,” said fire chief Ian Josephson.

A total of 35 firefighters from Chilliwack firehalls 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 responded to the call at 4:35 a.m. to a structure fire in the 9100-block of Main Street.

When crews arrived, they discovered flames coming from a ground-floor window that were starting to spread to the second floor of the two-storey business building.

“Firefighters quickly knocked the fire down limiting damage to the remainder of the building and businesses.”

There was significant fire, smoke and water damage to one business operation, and very minor smoke damage to the remainder of the building.

There were no firefighter injuries.

Anyone with information about this fire is are asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.upperfraservalleycrimestoppers.ca

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