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Arson attempt at West Kelowna Thai restaurant

The owner of Thai Fusion in West Kelowna is once again dealing with vandalism after an attempted arson, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016.
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October 12, 2016 - 12:17 PM

WEST KELOWNA – After almost a year with no problems, Thai Fusion has been vandalized again. This time it appears to have been an attempted arson.

The West Kelowna restaurant was vandalized five times in 2015, and seemed to stop when owner Luke Sumpantarat went public with video footage of a man seen smashing most of the front windows.

RCMP Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a media release vandals struck at the Louie Drive restaurant at around 2 a.m., Oct. 12, in what looks like an arson attempt.

O’Donaghey does not say what kind of damage was done but says emergency crews arrived on scene to find the business “insecure and its sprinklers expelling water as the interior fire suppression system had been triggered.”

RCMP continue their investigation into what appears to be the latest targeted attack against this local business, he says in the release. "The scene, which has sustained extensive damage mainly due to water, has been secured by the RCMP.”

Thai Fusion opened in 2010 and according to the owner Luke Sumpantarat the vandalism started soon after.

“We don’t really know if there’s enemies we don’t know about but we have no idea who is doing it,” he said last year. “We’ve never been approached."

Fire investigators along with members of the RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Section are investigating.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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