UPDATE: Fire department responds to arsonist at Pihl Law

One man in custody Monday morning after allegedly starting a fire.

  • Jul. 13, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Kelowna RCMP have confirmed that 22-year-old Cody Weninger of Kelowna has been charged with assault, resist arrest and arson stemming from the fire at the Pihl Law offices on Ellis Street Monday, July 13.

Weninger has been remanded until July 17.

___________

One man, 22,  was in custody Monday morning after a man attempted to light fires inside the Pihl Law Corporation offices in downtown Kelowna.

Kelowna Fire Department responded to a smoke alarm from the building in the 1400 block of Ellis Street at 10:19 a.m. July 13. When they arrived the building was already being evacuated by a tenant.

As a tenant began to usher people out he discovered the suspect near a fire that had been intentionally ignited in some clothing and was burning the carpet and a door. The suspect assaulted the tenant.

Firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze only to be attacked as well. The firefighters restrained the struggling suspect until police arrived to arrest him.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury to his hand and the tenant had an injury to his shoulder from the attack. All involved were checked out by paramedics.

 

Fire damage to the area was localized; however, smoke infiltration required the evacuation of the building for about an hour and a half.

Police are investigating the motive behind the arson and have concerns as to the suspect’s state of mind. To that end, a request for a psychological evaluation will be requested and the man will remain in custody until a court appearance Tuesday.

 

The man faces potential charges of assault, resisting arrest and arson.

___________

CORRECTION: the fires were not at the Kelowna Courthouse. Unconfirmed reports have them at a downtown Kelowna law firm.

 

Two minor fires inside building reported to be put out.

___________

Fire truck and crew staging at corner of Bernard and Ellis in Kelowna. Moving to KLO and Richter.

___________

First responders inside call for ventilation in south staircase.

___________

Unconfirmed reports have fire alarms ringing at a downtown Kelowna law firm.

At 10:20 a.m. Monday, July 13, the building was being evacuated.

Just Posted

New multi-million baggage system up and running at YLW

Kelowna Airport’s $39 million outbound baggage system can handle 900 bags an hour

New safety doors aim to protect transit drivers

These new full-length doors will be tested in Victoria, Kelowna and Abbotsford

Death and fire not treated as suspicious

RCMP has turned the invesigation of Monday’s fire on Gaggin Road over to the BC Coroners Service

Reworked plan for Kelowna’s Green Square development approved

After rejecting first version of residential development expansion, council says yes to new plan

Police searching for GoPro owner

Police are looking for the owner of a GoPro seized by police in Kelowna

One person sent to hospital after fire near Keremeos

Fire ripped through a shed and Winnebego at Sunkatchers RV Park Co-operative

Education minister blasts Chilliwack school trustee on gender issues

Fleming calls Neufeld’s behaviour ‘shameful’ and ‘unacceptable’

Two types of civic engagement in PIB

Some voted in the byelection, others protested the polls, as Penticton Indian Band fissures continue

‘Fresh eyes’ looking into three missing Cowichan Tribes men

First Nations want answers to their disappearances

Pedestrian hit moments after receiving safety reflector from police

The Vancouver Island man was treated for minor injuries by police at the scene

FortisBC LNG site exports first shipment of gas to China

The shipment is part of a pilot project that could see more exports in the future.

BC RCMP hunt for white SUV that rammed cruiser

Kamloops RCMP are looking for a white SUV headed north on the Yellowhead Highway

B.C. to reimburse methadone patients for taking clinic fees off welfare cheques

Provincial government agrees to pay back more than $5.5 million in deducted fees

Locket and brooch turned into RCMP

Kelowna - locket has been engraved with an undisclosed name

Most Read