Woman's death after St. Paul Street fire being treated as homicide

Police are treating the death of a woman rescued from an alleged arson on St. Paul Street last week as a homicide.

"Last evening, medical staff disconnected her from life support and she succumbed to her injuries," said Kamloops RCMP Staff. Sgt. Fran Bethell.

Bethell said the woman has been in Royal Inland Hospital since Thursday night, suffering from smoke inhalation. An autopsy will be conducted.

"We are working closely with the coroner's service," she said.

A 32-year-old Kamloops man, David Peter Gordon, was arrested shortly after the fire and remains in police custody.

RCMP are discussing the possibility of new charges with the Crown. Gordon is expected to reappear in court in May.

"We're now treating this as a homicide investigation," Bethell said.

The accused lived in the home, in one of three suites.

"He is known to police and does have a history with us," Bethell added.

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