RCMP suspect Kelowna house fire was arson

Firefighters were called to a house fire on Argyll Road Feb. 15, 2018.

KELOWNA – RCMP suspect a housefire in Rutland last week was arson.

The fire started at a home on Argyll Road Feb. 15 at around 9 a.m. It severly damaged the home and forced the elderly resident into the care of Emergency Social Services. The fire also spread next door where a woman and her son were asleep.

RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says police have since learned that an area resident ran back to his house for a fire extinguisher but by the time he returned, the fire was too large.

“The homeowner, who was home alone at the time, was unharmed thanks to the quick actions of her neighbours,” he says.

The Kelowna RCMP General Investigations Section has begun investigating, and are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a second Good Samaritan who assisted the homeowner to safety. Police are also interested in gathering any images or video taken of the scene during any stage of the fire.

“Fire investigators with the Kelowna RCMP and Kelowna Fire Department have now classified last week’s residential structure fire, to a Rutland home, as a suspected arson,” O’Donaghey says in a media release sent today, Feb. 22.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Const. Kevin Hamilton of the Kelowna RCMP General Investigations Section at 250-762-3300. You can remain completely 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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