Fire in Smithers at Sunshine Inn a ‘targeted attack’ on RCMP

A dark night is lit up by the smoke and orange blaze of a vehicle fire outside of a hotel. Cars are on fire.
A shot from a guest at the Sunshine Inn in Smithers. Photo courtesy of Smithers RCMP Detachment.
Pamela Haasen - CICK - SmithersBC | 27-10-2022
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In the early morning hours of Oct. 26, guests in a hotel in Smithers were shocked to see vehicles engulfed in flames in the parking lot of the Sunshine Inn.

A front desk employeeof the hotel, who wished to remain anonymous, told CICK News, "the fire alarm didn't go off because the fire was outside in the parking lot, not a structure fire anywhere inside the building."

Some guests on the southeast side of the hotel were woken up by the bright fire, while other slept through the entire ordeal. A small group of guests at the hotel went door to door knocking to alert people of the fire nearby, which had already attracted bystanders.

Fire and police were dispatched to the Sunshine Inn just after 4AM, and they began working to put out these fires before any gas tanks exploded.

The vehicles that were burned were three RCMP trucks and an ambulance along with four other vehicles close by that were burned (but not targeted).

RCMP North Media Advisory Manager Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said the attack was targeted.

"This was a targeted attack on police and anyone who has information or was driving on Highway 16 between the hours of 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. on October 26th to please contact the RCMP North District at 250-561-3166."

Listen to Pam Haasen's interview with Cpl. Saunderson in the link below: