UPDATE: Youth arrested after suspected arson at Prince Rupert CN Rail roundhouse

  • Mar. 1, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Prince Rupert firefighters are battling a blaze at the CN Rail roundhouse on Prince Rupert’s waterfront. Photo by K-J Millar/The Northern View
Photo by K-J Millar/The Northern View
Photo by K-J Millar/The Northern View
Photo by K-J Millar/The Northern View

Prince Rupert RMCP have arrested one person on suspected arson charges relating to the massive CN roundhouse fire on Sunday.

A youth male suspect was arrested and released Monday pending a court date.

The suspect’s identity is protected under the Youth Justice Act.

“We were proactive with an investigation that led to the arrest,” Cpl. Devon Gerrits of the Prince RCMP said. “We noticed some people throughout the day around the area … and from reviewing [surveillance] footage, that led to an arrest.”

Prince Rupert firefighters arrived at the scene at 4:30 p.m. to attempt to extinguish the blaze which reached from ground level at the waterfront rail lines to the cliff top above First Ave.

A CN contractor, who would only speak to The Northern View on the condition of anonymity, said the roundhouse has been used primarily as storage for more than 11 years and had a lot of flammable items such as oil drums and other flammable material in it.

RCMP cordoned off Bill Murray Way and cleared the waterfront area of vehicular traffic just after 5 p. m. citing the need for emergency vehicles only in the area. Hoses could be seen running from the waterfront across the several lines of rail tracks.

The Prince Rupert Fire Department referred all inquiries to the RCMP.


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