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Vernon townhouse fire leads to arrest

An arrest has been made in a fire that forced several people to flee a Vernon townhouse complex.

At about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, fire broke out in one of the units in the 1900 block of 44th Street. As a result, a 19-year-old male occupant of the unit was arrested by the police and was expected in court Friday on charges of arson with disregard for human life.

“There is some indication that the incident is a result of a dispute of the two tenants,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

“When officers followed up on information, they learned about the dispute. Later in the day, the suspect came to our office and was arrested.”

Molendyk would not go into details about how the fire was ignited, but did say it was mainly confined to one bedroom.

Officials had been concerned the fire may spread into the rest of the townhouse complex as it’s an older structure and the units are contiguous.

The investigation continues by the police and Vernon Fire Department and it’s not believed that this case is related to other recent arsons in the community.

 

 

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