Police investigate backyard air conditioner blaze

Neighbour reported seeing two teens near unit before fire started.

Police and fire crews responded to the Latimer St. home.

Police and fire crews responded to the Latimer St. home.

Abbotsford police are investigating a possible crime involving an air conditioner set ablaze in a Latimer Street backyard.

Deborah Green, a neighbour, said she heard “an explosion” while she was in her home just before 2:30 p.m. today. She went outside and saw two teenage boys “desperately” trying to put out a flaming air conditioner in the back yard next door.

Black smoke billowed from the unit, she said, and the two boys told her they were at the house to visit a friend. When Green questioned the story, they fled.

Nobody was inside the home at the time.

Fire crews quickly responded and the blaze was extinguished before it could spread. Police were also called to the yard, which they are investigating as a possible crime scene.

Photo: Police and fire personnel investigate the back yard where the air conditioner caught fire.