Two simultaneous fires at a Jewish summer camp in Quebec over the weekend are being investigated as suspected arson, according to CBC News.
Police in MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais are looking into the circumstances behind a fire that burned down one building and damaged a second at the property in Quyon.
The fire at Camp B'nai Brith of Ottawa began early Sunday morning in a warehouse. Firefighters arrived at around 4:30 a.m.
But as crews were getting the first fire under control, a second blaze started in a nearby building.
The second fire was quickly extinguished, with the building only slightly damaged. But the first fire totally destroyed the warehouse, police said.
They opened an investigation into possible arson after uncovering evidence described as “suspicious.” Police added they could not rule out antisemitism being a factor in the fires but so far had no evidence that was the case.
The total damage to the summer camp was estimated to be around $600,000.
Camp B’nai Brith was founded in 1935. Since then it has been attended by thousands of children ages 7 to 16, according to its website. It has been at its current site in Quyon since 1946.
The camp is closed in the winter but is maintained daily, according to Radio-Canada. No one was at the property when the fires took place.
Adam Tanner, the chair of the camp’s board, told the radio outlet that there were no reports of injuries.
Camp B'nai Brith posted on Facebook that there was "no increased security threat at this time.” They added that the fires will not interfere with the start of the camp’s opening this summer.