The Regina Police Service has made progress in the ongoing investigations into six deliberately-set fires
in recent weeks in Northeast Regina.
Between November 23rd and November 28th in Regina, there have been suspicious fires in the 400 block Lorne Street, 200 block Halifax Street (2), 500 Halifax Street, 300 block Toronto Street, and 300 block St. John Street. These fires appeared to have been intentionally started in garbage and recycle bins with damage extending to fences and garages. As a result of investigation, this week, an eleven year-old youth was found to be responsible. The child cannot be charged criminally as the Youth Criminal Justice Act applies only to youth 12-17; however there are resources in our community that may help to educate and assist the youth (and family) to prevent future occurrences. The youth has been referred to resources including the Regina Fire and Protective Services’ Youth Firestarters Education Program and the 11UI Initiative, which has among its partners: police, school boards, government and health region.
The investigation into these fires is continuing. The Regina Police advises residents to only leave their recycle and garbage containers out on pickup dates. The removal of rubbish near fences, garages and other structures may prevent fires by removing combustible materials.