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iN VIDEO: Kelowna RCMP release video surveillance footage after suspicious fire

A screen capture of video surveillance footage from a fire that engulfed a vehicle and part of a structure in the 400 block of Royal Avenue in Kelowna on Dec. 19, 2018.
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December 28, 2018 - 11:33 AM

KELOWNA — Police in Kelowna are urging motorists who may have driven past a suspicious fire in the city earlier this month to come forward and speak with investigators.

Kelowna RCMP are now releasing video surveillance footage of a structure fire that occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 19 on Royal Avenue at approximately 8:30 p.m. that originated from a vehicle.

Kelowna Fire Department crews responded to the fire located in the 400 block of Royal Avenue, according to a media release.

In the video released by police today, Dec. 28, several vehicles can be seen driving past the blaze before emergency crews arrived.

Police believe some motorists may have observed the suspect or suspects fleeing from the scene and are asking people who may have witnessed the crime scene to come forward and speak with police. Police also hope other dash cams that were in the area may have captured more footage of the fire and the potential suspects.

In a previous media release, police said they found a parked truck in a carport engulfed in flames with the fire spreading to a nearby structure. Investigators confirmed the fire was suspicious.

“Investigators have no reason to believe that the incident was random in nature,” Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release.

The fire was contained quickly by Kelowna fire crews and did not impact the operations at a nearby hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Kevin Hamilton with the Kelowna RCMP General Investigation Section at 250-470-6302.

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