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Update: Police investigate suspicious fire in downtown Kelowna…

KELOWNA, BC: Update: A high quality video since turned over to Kelowna authorities has allowed investigators to observe what police believe to show a woman as she deliberately sets a fire at the rear of a business, early Thursday morning in Kelowna’s downtown core.

On January 11th, 2018 at 5:53 am, the Kelowna RCMP received a request to assist the Kelowna Fire Department, who were responding to a report of a garbage fire against the back wall of a building in the 400 block of Leon Avenue in downtown Kelowna.

Late Thursday, RCMP investigators were provided with video surveillance footage which appeared to show the alleged arson incident in its entirety, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP.

Upon reviewing the footage, police were able to positively identify the suspect as a woman known to them. RCMP have since taken that suspect into police custody, adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

The 26-year-old Kelowna woman of no fixed address, faces potential charges. She remains in police custody at this time and is expected to appear in Court on January 12th. 

Original Story…

Police in Kelowna are looking for a person-of-interest after a garbage fire was discovered in downtown Kelowna early Thursday morning… 

Police say just before 6 AM, officers received a request to assist Kelowna Fire Dept. who were responding to a report of a garbage fire against a back wall of a building in the 400 block of Leon Ave.

Officers spoke with witnesses at the scene who stated the blaze was the third fire discovered overnight in that general area. The previous two fires were not reported to officials and were easily extinguished by those witnesses.

Police are interested in speaking with a female reportedly observed in the area at the time of the fires. The female was seen carrying two bags, one of which was a blue duffel bag. Officers searched the area for the woman but had no luck in finding her. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 


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