RCMP press charges for suspected arson fires in Stony Plain
Police issue warrant for two suspects
Stony Plain R.C.M.P have laid charges against three adult males for several arsons that occurred in early summer last year.
Charged are Landon Patrick Zur, 20; Sean Scott Bruens, 24; and Curtis Ted Malmberg, 22 – all of Stony Plain. Zur is scheduled to appear at the Stony Plain Provincial Court on June 1, 2011. Police have issued warrants for the arrests of Bruens and Malmberg.
Local firefighting crews were dispatched to the Lake Westerra district in Stony Plain at 12:34 am on June 22, 2010. Two homes in the framing stage of development were destroyed, while the adjacent homes (nearly completed) sustained significant exterior damage. Town firefighting crews were able to contain the blaze, marking it ‘under control’ within 20 minutes.
At 3:31 a.m., firefighters discovered a third fire in another partially completed home at 1253 Westerra Cres. Crews were able to contain this fire to the area of origin.
During the subsequent investigation, officials received details concerning a fourth fire in another partially completed home at 1405 Westerra Bay; this fire self-extinguished.
Crews were also dispatched to a fire at an abandoned farm site at Provincial Secondary Highway 627 and Range Road 280, approximately four miles south of Westerra.
Firefighting crews worked throughout the night to battle the blazes, and firefighters from the City of Spruce Grove provided assistance. At the time, officials suspected arson as the cause of all these fires. While there were no fatalities or injuries, damage is estimated at more than $250,000.
The R.C.M.P are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Bruens and Malmberg. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the R.C.M.P at 780.963.2217 (Stony Plain), 780.962.2222 (Spruce Grove) or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
About the Town of Stony Plain Fire Department
The Stony Plain Fire Department is responsible for providing the Stony Plain citizens and a portion of Parkland County with fire suppression and rescue services. The Department is comprised of three full-time staff and 40 volunteer firefighters. Additional activities carried out by the department include fire inspections, medical aid response, fire prevention programs within schools and service groups and fire investigations (source: Town of Stony Plain).
Const. Barb Roy
Stony Plain RCMP
Stony Plain Fire Department