City fires under investigation

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Grande Prairie fire chief Preben Bossen said there has been an increase in calls regarding dumpster fires in the city.

“We are monitoring the situation, and we are doing some work behind the scenes to kind of figure out where the problem stems from,” he said.

The chief was light on details of the fires due to a concern of future “copycats.”

“We also feel it might alert the person or the people that have lit the fires, so we kind of keep it a low key, if you will, to the public, but certainly very high on our radar, and any set fire becomes a criminal investigation by the RCMP,” said Bossen.

The fire chief would not answer the question if the fires are in a targeted location, noting he gave as much information as possible to Town & Country News.

Residents have posted photos of multiple fires in the past month on social media, with some happening numerous times in a night.

Bossen said if anyone sees an incident, to call 911.

The City of Grande Prairie website says to contact the local RCMP detachment for anyone with information about on-going crime issues if they have information.

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

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