File photo Police have received several tips about fires that were started in and around the village earlier this month.

Newspaper story creates tips in Hedley arsons

Princeton police have received several tips about five deliberately-set fires in Hedley, according to Corporal Chad Parsons, acting RCMP detachment commander.

The arsons occurred July 7 and July 9 – the same weekend a major wildfire broke out near Princeton.

The tips came after The Review published a story online and in print, asking members of the public to come forward, said Parsons.

“We have had telephone calls directing us to persons of interest that we will be speaking to,” he said.

“Our newspaper assisted us in the investigation by getting the news out to locals that would know who the police should focus their attention on.”

One fire was set in the village at the community’s ballpark. Four other fires were lit along Highway 3.

They were all extinguished quickly by the Hedley Volunteer Fire Department, with mop up assistance from Wildfire BC.