Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue was called out to a shrub fire at Butler Park on Sunday night. The fire is under investigation by KBRFR and Trail RCMP. Jim Bailey photo.

Update: Butler Park fire followed by two-vehicle collision

Emergency crews douse fire at Butler Park after shrub was set ablaze near front entrance

A fire at Butler Park and a head-on collision kept Kootenay Boundary fire rescue and RCMP active Sunday night and Monday morning.

According to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue, a call came in at 10:27 p.m. reporting a fire at the baseball park behind the Trail Aquatic Centre. Three firefighters from Station 374 in Trail responded to the emergency call at 10:31 p.m.

“When crews arrived on scene there were flames 30 feet in the air and some heat damage to side of the building,” said KBRFR captain Grant Tyson. “That was suspicious for sure.”

Shrubs near the west entrance of Butler Park had been set ablaze, and grew until firefighters quickly doused the flames.

The fire was intentionally set, and the Trail and Greater District RCMP arrested a suspect a short distance from the scene.

The criminal investigation into the incident continues and the blaze is believed to be linked to other fires in the area.

The suspect, a 31-year-old Trail man, faces potential criminal charges. He was later release on strict conditions and is expected to appear in court on Sept. 17.

The fire was under control by 10: 43 p.m.

Hours later at 4:31 a.m., Station 374 regional fire crews attended a two-car motor vehicle accident at at the intersection of Highway 22 and Aldridge Ave. in Trail.

RCMP reported that the collision was between a Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck and a Hyundai Genesis passenger car.

Witnesses told police that the driver of the Hyundai was southbound and reportedly turned left at the intersection in front of the northbound Toyota pickup truck.

The 38-year-old male driver of the Toyota truck travelling northbound on Highway 22 collided with the Hyundai.

The driver of the Toyota pickup truck was shaken but believed to be un-injured at the time of the incident.

The driver of the Hyundai, a 41-year-old woman, sustained what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. She was transported by BC Emergency Health Services to hospital for a full medical assessment.

Anyone who witnessed the fire incident at Butler Park or the collision and has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact the Trail and Greater District RCMP at 250-364-2566.

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