Six Nations fire chief hopes cameras will help catch arsonist
As a series of recent arsons in Six Nations remain unsolved, the community’s fire chief is hoping a high-tech idea will help investigators figure out what’s happening.
Sixteen arsons have been reported in Six Nations over the past year.
At first, the fires were mostly set in abandoned buildings. More recently, a different tack has been taken.
“People are setting cars on fire right next to abandoned buildings,” fire chief Matthew Miller said in an interview.
“If we don’t get there fast enough, it’s going to spread to that building.”
One suspected arson last month at a commercial building in Ohsweken sent 15 firefighters to hospital, where they were treated for exposure to hydrogen cyanide.
Miller says investigators are making progress.
He hopes to achieve further progress by outfitting his volunteer firefighters and the fire trucks with GoPro cameras.
“This is going to hopefully assist us in gathering more evidence at these arson calls,” he said.
That evidence could include footage of cars leaving the area, or suspicious people standing near a fire scene – things firefighters might not notice when they’re focused on the flames and smoke.
The cameras will only be worn during responses to fire calls, Mille said – not collisions or medical emergencies.