Arrest made in connection with suspicious Chetwynd townhouse fire

A photo of the townhouse that caught fire in Chetwynd on April 15th. Photo by Peace FM, Facebook

CHETWYND, B.C. – Police in Chetwynd have made an arrest following a townhouse fire on Wednesday night.

On June 15th at approximately 9:44 pm, the Chetwynd RCMP responded to a structural fire at a townhouse complex. Upon arrival, two adult residents of the townhouse were located outside, although it was unclear if a third occupant was still inside. The third occupant was later found to have made it safely out of the residence.

One of the residents of the townhouse sustained minor injuries while attempting to escape the fire, and an officer suffered from smoke inhalation after attempting to locate the third occupant who was unaccounted for inside the home.

An RCMP Fire Investigator and local Fire Department members determined after an investigation that the fire was suspicious in nature.

A 20 year-old resident of the townhouse, whose name has not been released, has been arrested and may be facing charges of Arson with Disregard for Human Life, Mischief Endangering Life and Mischief over $5000. The suspect is scheduled to appear in a Dawson Creek courtroom later today.