Arson suspected in recent rash of fires

Brad Works
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OXFORD JUNCTION – Police believe an arsonist may be responsible for a recent rash of fires in central Cumberland County.

The latest fire occurred early Wednesday morning, and caused extensive damage to a local repair shop and a car located inside.

In the last 10 days, Oxford firefighters have been called to four structure fires, three of which have been deemed suspicious.

“We’ve had four fires in just over a week,” said a concerned Tory Rushton, the town’s fire chief.

The first suspicious fire occurred Sept. 12, when a vacant building on Highway 204 in nearby Birchwood was destroyed. The second occurred about a kilometre down the road from Wednesday’s fire, when, on Sept. 20, an old camp used for storage was destroyed.

“This would have been a lot worse had the motorist not come along when he did,” RCMP Const. Dal Hutchinson said. “This was bad enough, but there is a house right next door.”

Investigators were concentrating on the rear, exterior corner on the west side of the building.

The Mounties are asking anyone who may have been in, or passing through the area around midnight Tuesday or shortly thereafter to contact them.

“Someone may have seen something relevant and not even realize it,” Hutchinson said.

bworks@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: OXFORD JUNCTION, Cumberland County

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