UPDATE: Arrest made in suspicious fire that destroyed Coldstream home

Firefighters in Coldstream battled a major house fire on Hawthorne Place last Friday, Jan. 14.
(Roger Knox - Calendar)Firefighters in Coldstream battled a major house fire on Hawthorne Place last Friday, Jan. 14. (Roger Knox - Calendar)
Firefighters in Coldstream battled a major house fire on Hawthorne Place Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Fire destroyed a Coldstream home Friday, Jan. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)Fire destroyed a Coldstream home Friday, Jan. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
A home in Coldstream was completely destroyed by fire Friday. (Contributed)A home in Coldstream was completely destroyed by fire Friday. (Contributed)

A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a fire that destroyed a Coldstream home Friday.

RCMP and Coldstream Fire Department were called to the fire shortly before 7 p.m. Jan. 14.

The Hawthorne Place home was completely destroyed by the blaze. All occupants of the home were accounted for and no injuries were reported at the time of the incident.

Early findings indicated the fire was suspicious and information collected as the investigation progressed led police to believe it was deliberately set. Later that evening, at approximately 9:30 pm, police arrested a suspect in relation to the fire.

Matthew Eric Mason has been charged with arson with disregard for human life and failing to comply with a release order. The 38-year-old has remains in custody until his next court appearance on Jan. 20.

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Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
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