Woman accused of arson in Penticton townhouse fire to undergo psychiatric evaluation

The woman accused of starting a fire at Cascade Gardens that gutted four townhouse units made a court appearance in Penticton today, Oct. 17, 2016.

PENTICTON - The woman accused of arson in connection with a townhouse complex fire in Penticton last week appeared in court today for a bail hearing and was remanded for a psychiatric examination.

Sydney Leer appeared before Judge Meg Shaw in Penticton court today, Oct. 17, on two arson charges stemming from a blaze at Cascade Gardens townhouse complex in the 1400 block of Penticton Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 13.

The blaze, which displaced residents of four units in the complex, took Penticton firefighters several hours to extinguish.

Leer was remanded for 30 days for the psychiatric examination.

There was a publication ban on today's bail hearing.

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