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Selkirk Youth Arrested for Arson

SELKIRK, MB. – Selkirk RCMP have arrested a 13-year-old Selkirk boy and are looking for a 12-year-old boy in relation to two separate fires in the city.

On May 8, around 8:50 pm, RCMP responded to a report of a dump truck on fire at a business on Pittsburg Avenue. There were no injuries, but there was a lot of damage to the truck and to a nearby vehicle.

The second fire was on May 9, around 6:10 pm. That day RCMP responded to the fire which was the canteen at the stadium in Selkirk Park. Luckily, there were no injuries in that fire.

RCMP confirmed, in a release, that it was determined that both of the fires were deliberately set.

The 13-year-old boy is charged with three counts of Arson for the two vehicles and the canteen. He has been released pending a future court date.

“We take this very seriously,” said Selkirk RCMP Staff Sergeant Marc Samson. “We’re very fortunate there were no injuries in these instances, even though there was extensive property damage. Fire is unpredictable and very dangerous – someone could be seriously injured or even lose their life.”

RCMP continue to investigate and search for the 12-year-old boy and are asking anyone with information to call 204-482-1222 or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Kevin Klein, MyToba News

Kevin Klein is President and CEO of MyToba News. The former publisher and CEO of the Winnipeg Sun, Kevin has spent several years in Canadian media working in newspapers, radio and television. A proud and passionate citizen of Winnipeg and Manitoba, Kevin is excited to bring you news, pictures and information on the many wonderful charity groups in our province. If you have an event you want us to know about, email Kevin at kevin@mytoba.ca and follow him on Twitter @kevinkleinwpg.
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