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FORT ST JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP confirms that a house fire on 269 Road Wednesday night was arson, and one person is in custody.

Around 9:10 p.m., police received a report of a house fire after armed intruders had assaulted a single victim at an address in Charlie Lake.

The detachment and fire services attended the scene and discovered the suspects had fled the scene, and the home was fully engulfed in flames.

Police determined the suspects stole the victim’s black 2007 GMC Sierra pickup before leaving the property.

Peace Liard Police Dog Services and FSJ RCMP Forensic Identification Services attended to assist with the investigation.

Police were able to locate the vehicle the suspects arrived at the property in and arrested a single person.

“The Fort St John RCMP have full reason to believe that this is a targeted event,” said Constable Chad Neustaeter, Media Relations Officer for the Fort St John RCMP.

“We do not believe there is any further danger to the general public.”

The Fort St John RCMP continues to investigate and are asking anyone who may have additional information about this matter to contact police by calling the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.

Acting Fire Chief Robert Norton says the Fort St. John Fire Department responded with three apparatus and sixteen firefighters and were supported by the Charlie Lake Fire Department with one water tender.

Upon arrival, fire crews encountered a fully involved structure fire and dealt with additional challenges due to weather conditions.

“We were met with some pretty challenging winds last night, which really impacted our ability to protect some exposure,” Norton said.

“So we had to work really hard to keep the fire from spreading from the initial structure to the other exposures.”

Crews were on scene for approximately three hours.

 

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