Summerland fire may be connected to assault

Police are investigating suspicious circumstances surrounding a structure fire in Summerland yesterday, March 2, 2016.
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PENTICTON - A structure fire which burned a residence in Summerland yesterday may be connected to an assault, police say.

RCMP Media Relations officer Cpl. Dave Tyreman says a 69-year-old Summerland man reported he had been assaulted to Summerland police yesterday, March 1, around 1:30 p.m.

It was while police were investigating the assault word was received of a fire at the victim’s residence on Canyon View Road.

Tyreman says police are unsure if the assault and fire are connected, but both continue to be investigated.

Police currently have a 64-year-old man in custody with respect to the assault. Investigators say the two men are known to each other and there is no risk to the public.

The Summerland RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance for any information regarding either incident. Citizens are asked to call the Summerland police at 250-404-2000, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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