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Someone tried to burn down the Osoyoos RCMP station

Police have arrested a man for setting fire to the Osoyoos RCMP detachment in a bizarre and potentially very dangerous incident Thursday, July 25, 2019.
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July 28, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Police have arrested a man for setting fire to the Osoyoos RCMP detachment in a bizarre and potentially very dangerous incident Thursday night. 

Two officers were working in the detachment at the time, around 9:30 p.m. July 25. They smelled smoke and went out front to investigate and found the main entrance front wall of the detachment on fire. They also found a bystander trying to put it out with water from his RV. 

"This situation could have been very dangerous for the members inside the detachment, luckily a good samaritan was nearby and acted very quickly to put out the fire," Cpl. Dave Smith, officer in charge of Osoyoos RCMP, said in a release.

While they were fighting the fire, a man arrived with more "flammable items presumably to add to the fire." Police recognized the man from several recent dealings and arrested him. 

Joseph McArthur-Pereira, 28, is charged with arson and mischief causing danger to life. He made a court appearance Friday and returns in August. 

Osoyoos Fire Department arrived and confirmed the fire was out and no one was in further danger.

Someone set fire to the outside of the Osoyoos RCMP detachment last week.
Someone set fire to the outside of the Osoyoos RCMP detachment last week.
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