Thefts continue to be a problem 

The Whistler/Pemberton RCMP had a busy week with four noise complaints, four fights, three drug seizures and two minor vehicle incidents. Eleven people were arrested for being drunk in public, six in Mount Currie and five in Whistler.

During this time, they also received seven complaints of cars being broken into, with complaints at Base 2, Lot 1, Lot 2, Lot 3 and the underground parking near the Brewhouse.

Six snowboards were also reported stolen this weekend – the hallway at 4814 Glacier Lane, outside of 4810 Glacier Lane, the Brewhouse parking lot, outside the Mountain Adventure Centre, and in front of Buffalo Bill’s in the Village. Only two of the snowboards were locked.

At the same time four pairs of skis were stolen from the Roundhouse and a storage locker in the Blueberry area.

The RCMP are also looking for more information after an older model Chevy cube van with no plates was spotted outside a residence on Emerald Drive. According to the report on Feb. 7, the male driver went to the door of a residence and knocked. By the time the resident answered the door, the driver was back in the van and pulling away. There is no description of the driver, but residents are being asked to be alert after several residents reported hang up phone calls.

Fire Services attends two serious fires

Whistler Fire Services is concerned about two unrelated incidents that could have resulted in the serious injury or death of up to eight people.

The first incident occurred on Feb. 8 at 11:30 p.m. when Whistler Fire Services responded to a call and found a travel trailer behind a building in Function Junction in flames. The fire was starting to spread to a nearby bus that was also being used as a mobile home.

The two occupants of the trailer awoke in time and escaped the flames. Both were treated at the Whistler Health Care Centre for smoke inhalation.

The trailer was destroyed and the bus suffered heat and smoke damage. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

A week earlier, five people in a house on Alpine Way escaped when a sauna caught fire.

According to the report, one member of the group entered the sauna and poured a flammable liquid over the heater, believing it was water. The liquid ignited immediately, setting fire to the wood walls and ceiling.

Whistler Fires Services responded at 1:30 a.m. The sauna was destroyed and the rear of the house suffered extensive damage.

Two of the five people in the sauna suffered minor first-degree burns and the person who poured the liquid over the heater suffered more serious first and second degree burns to his face, neck and forearm. He was treated at the health care centre and later released.

Whistler Fire Services believes the people involved in these incidents were lucky to have escaped with minor injuries. They are recommending that everyone, no matter where they live, should have a working smoke detector. In addition, they are reminding people that flammable liquids should be properly marked and stored.


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