RCMP Investigate 3 Fires

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP we called to assist the Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department in investigating a residential structure fire.

On Monday just before 11:00 pm, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP were called to assist the Armstrong Spaullumcheen Fire Department with a residential structure fire located in the 3660 block of Sage Avenue in Armstrong.  Police say when they arrived, the rear of the home was fully engulfed in flames.
The fire was extinguished, but not before significant damage to the home was sustained. One occupant of the home sustained minor injuries to a hand and was treated by Emergency Health Services. All other occupants escaped without injury. 

 RCMP Cst. Kelly Brett says, “Occupants of the home and community members are understandably shaken from this event as recent arsons have occurred in the Armstrong area, however this fire is being treated as a separate suspicious incident and is not considered linked to the previous arsons in the area."   The fire remains under investigation as the RCMP continue to work with the Armstrong Fire Department. 

RCMP were also called to assist the Lumby and District Fire Department with two suspicious fires at the same home. 

On Tuesday, just before 11:00 pm, the RCMP were called to the 170 block of Brookfield Road in Lumby to assist in the investigation of a suspicious residential structure fire. The fire was extinguished quickly by the Lumby & District Fire Department, however not before the home suffered extensive smoke damage. The sole occupant of the home was able to escape the home, however sustained a minor physical injury. The home occupant was transported to the nearest medical facility for treatment. 

At approximately 3:00 am, police and fire were called back to the same residence where fire had fully engulfed the home. The fire was extinguished but not before causing significant damage to the home. 

“At this time, the RCMP are deeming both fires to be suspicious and both remain under investigation at this time," says Brett. “The home was not occupied at the time of the second fire”. 

RCMP are seeking any information in regards to the two fires and if you have not already spoken to Police are asked to contact the Lumby RCMP at 250-547-2151. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com.