SUDBURY -- Someone entered the RBC bank in Timmins on Thursday night and started a fire in the vestibule next to the bank machine.

The incident took place around 9:30 p.m. at the Royal Bank of Canada at the 101 Mall in Timmins.

"An unknown suspect dressed in dark clothing attended the facility and attempted to set it on fire and then fled the area on foot, heading in a northerly direction on Pine Street," the Timmins Police Service said Friday in a news release.

"The Timmins Fire Department responded to the scene to extinguish the fire that, along with the triggered sprinkler system, caused significant damage to banking equipment and the immediate area around the ATM."

Exhibits and forensic evidence have been collected from the scene by the forensic identification unit. Police have released images from security cameras in hopes of catching the culprit.

Anyone with information is asked to call Timmins police at 1-705-264-1201 or to provide their information anonymously by means of the Crime Stopper tip line at 1-800-222-8477 or online by means of