In the early morning hours on Wednesday, September 25, black smoke billowed to the skies. A pick-up truck was on fire — the police think it may have been intentionally set — on the 600 block of Throup Road, just before the driveway entrance to Journey middle school and Poirier elementary. The truck was parked in the driveway, hidden away by trees, and burned just a few yards away from the house.
The blaze was quite high when the Sooke fire department arrived, though the flames were quickly quelled.
The incident occurred just after 8:00 a.m., and students on their way to school stopped to catch a glimpse of the action. Traffic, including one school bus, had to be diverted and turned back.
The owner of the truck, Brad Davies, was on hand to speak with the officers, though he and the other residents were in the house at the time that the truck started burning, and did not see anything that transpired.
Const. Matt Rowatt spoke with the Sooke News Mirror on Thursday, September 26.
“It’s still under investigation. It seems a little suspicious at this time. … We’re still working on it.”
Rowatt said that if anyone knows anything, please call the detachment at 250-642-5241.
“We have a few leads,” added Rowatt, “but we’re still looking for what exactly happened.”