Seeking the public’s help
RCMP asks area residents for tips about the latest fire in Mount Stewart
The RCMP is looking for help from residents of Mount Stewart in relation to a suspected arson of the former legion building in the community.
Police say they received a call about the fire at 3:30 a.m. Monday and the fire was extinguished quickly.
The building is currently vacant and the quick work of fire and police services resulted in little damage.
The provincial fire marshal’s office forwarded the file to the RCMP and the fire has been deemed to be suspicious, says RCMP Const. Dominique Cloutier with Queens District RCMP.
“It appeared to have been set, but it is still under investigation.”
This fire is the latest in a rash of break and enters and arsons in the area that has rattled the small rural Island community.
Seven homes and businesses have been broken into in Mount Stewart since April and several houses in nearby Cherry Valley have been set ablaze.
Cloutier says police do not yet know if these incidents are linked, but for now each incident is being investigated separately.
Residents voiced their fears and concerns about the incidents during a recent community meeting. They are now looking at establishing a community watch program.
“I do understand the community being worried, definitely,” Cloutier said.
That’s why the RCMP is hoping local residents might be able to help with the police investigation.
“This is a very tight-knit community, we know that people know everyone so if the public has any information, even just a rumour or anything, they can call Crime Stoppers,” Cloutier said.