RCMP suspect Kelowna house fire was arson
Adam Proskiw - Reporter
Firefighters were called to a house fire on Argyll Road Feb. 15, 2018.
(ADAM PROSKIW - REPORTER / iNFOnews.ca)
February 22, 2018 - 4:08 PM
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.
To contact a reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw or call 250-718-0428 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.
We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.
News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2018