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Stolen truck set ablaze in Morinville

By: Amy Crofts

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 06:00 am

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RCMP suspect a truck parked in a back alley in Morinville last week was stolen and intentionally set on fire.

On Jan. 16 around 8:30 p.m. the Morinville Fire Department and Morinville RCMP responded to a call of a vehicle fire in the alleyway parallel to the train track at the end of 103 Street, east of the arena.

The Ford pickup truck was fully engulfed when responders arrived.

The fire department’s Capt. Brian Johnston explained the fire was burning in both the engine and vehicle compartments, where a 20-pound propane tank sat in the back seat. After initial knock down – suppression of the flames – a secondary blaze was created when the fuel tank ruptured.

Nine firefighters took about 15 to 20 minutes to extinguish the fire. Damage to homes in the surrounding area was not a concern.

RCMP later determined the truck was reported stolen out of Morinville and was involved in a hit and run, which occurred earlier at the A&W restaurant.

On Sunday, officers arrested two individuals from Morinville. Both face charges of arson, driving a motor vehicle while disqualified and failure to stop at the scene of an accident, amongst other related charges.

The names of the individuals are not being released. Their first court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 30 in Morinville.


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