Kelowna RCMP is investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed a home at Harvey Avenue and Ethel Street on Saturday, Nov. 13.
Kelowna Fire Dispatch received a call at approximately 5:45 p.m. reporting a porch on fire in the 800 block of Harvey Avenue. Residents were evacuating the residence as emergency crews arrived. Three engines, one rescue and one command vehicle were on scene, along with 16 personnel. The fire was quickly knocked down and an extensive overhaul was completed.
Witness statements lead investigators to believe that the fire was suspicious in nature, according to a Kelowna Fire Department press release.
On Nov. 9, RCMP responded to the same area for a home invasion at the 800 block of Harvey Avenue. Three men and two women were arrested in relation to the incident.
According to a RCMP press release, three armed men broke into the home and assaulted two occupants at approximately 5:08 a.m. The two occupants sustained minor injuries.
The suspects also broke into a second residence nearby, but no one was injured.