Early morning garbage fire in downtown Kelowna likely arson

RCMP and firefighters were at the back of a business in downtown Kelowna for a possible arson Thursday morning, Jan. 11, 2018.
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KELOWNA – RCMP are investigating a garbage fire in downtown Kelowna they say was likely arson.

Firefighters were called to the back of Vancouver Career College in the 400 block of Leon Avenue shortly before 6 a.m. today, Jan. 11, after RCMP officers — who happened to be in the area — saw flames, according to an RCMP media release.

“Officers spoke with witnesses at the scene who stated the blaze was the third fire discovered overnight in that general area,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release. “The previous two smaller fires were not reported to officials and were easily extinguished by those witnesses.”

Police want to talk to a woman seen in the area wearing a hoodie and carrying two bags.

“Officers searched, however were unable to locate the unknown woman,” O’Donaghey says.

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 www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.


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