RCMP probe suspicious fire at logging site

CHAPMAN CREEK WATERSHED

Police are investigating a suspicious fire that took place on the AJB property in the Chapman Creek watershed that was recently at the centre of a logging protest.

Sunshine Coast RCMP spokesman Const. Harrison Mohr said the fire occurred overnight on Oct. 21 and caused severe damage to a log processor.

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“We’re looking at probably hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage,” Mohr said Wednesday. “At this point we’re not able to confirm if it’s arson or not.”

RCMP would release more details on the incident, likely before the end of the week, he said.

On Oct. 9, AJB Investments agreed to suspend logging operations on both sides of the creek for the rest of the year after protesters ended a three-day blockade of the site.

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