Kelowna RCMP seek witnesses to suspected arsons

Suspicious pair of hedge fires set early on Saturday morning.

  • Mon Aug 4th, 2014 5:00pm
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Police are investigating after a pair of suspicious hedge fires were extinguished in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 2.

The Kelowna RCMP and the Kelowna Fire Department responded to a report of a hedge fire at about 1:34 a.m. located on the 400 block of Highway 33 east in Kelowna.

The heat from the blaze caused damage to nearby garbage bins and vegetation. This blaze was extinguished before the flames could spread to nearby residences.

One hour later,  police responded to a report of a second hedge fire, this time on the 100 block of Ponto Road in Kelowna. When emergency personnel arrived, the fire had spread to involve a large shed on the property.

The occupants of the residence were not home at the time. Kelowna firefighters extinguished the blaze before it could spread and cause more damage.

Police are treating both fires as suspicious and continue to investigate the possibility that both are related.

Anyone who may have witnessed any persons or vehicles in the area at the time of the fires are asked to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.