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Police searching for suspect in Central Bar fire

Firefighters were called for a suspicious blaze at the Sunplex indoor sports facility on Ellis Street in downtown Kelowna, Friday, July 22, 2016.
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July 23, 2016 - 9:16 AM

KELOWNA – Police are searching for an arson suspect who cut a gas line and started a fire at the Central Kitchen and Bar.

Kelowna RCMP received a report of a fire at 1155 Ellis St. at 11:40 a.m. yesterday, July 22.

The fire, located at the rear of the building, was controlled and extinguished by Kelowna firefighters.

The police investigation shows that the gas line had been cut, and the fire was started underneath the gas meter on the exterior of the building, Cpl. Tania Carroll said in a July 22 release.

Firefighters responded quickly to contain the fire, resulting in no injuries and no damage to the inside or outside of the Central Kitchen and Bar. The only damage was to the gas line, gas meter, and paint damage to the adjacent building.

Police are looking for a male suspect who had been seen in the area. He is described as: Caucasian male, approximately six feet tall, heavy-set, black hair, wearing a red bandana with a white pattern covering most of his face and carrying a large hiking backpack and wearing a blue over gray hooded rain jacket.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. 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.

–This story was updated on July 23, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to include a suspect description released by the RCMP.

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