A fire that gutted an Argyle Street building was deliberately set and police are searching for who did it, RCMP said.
Fire and police officials finished their investigation on Saturday and concluded that the fire which started inside the building is suspicious, an RCMP press release said.
Port Alberni Fire Department responded to the fire early Friday morning. The fire was large enough that Beaver Creek and Sproat Lake fire departments attended, the RCMP responded, city crews were on hand and both BC Hydro and Fortis BC were involved.
If you saw anyone in the surrounding area, enter the building or can provide any information about the arson, you are asked to contact the local detachment at 250-723-2424, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.