British Columbia

Burning pile of clothes sparks house fire in West Kelowna

A woman has been taken into custody after she allegedly set fire to a pile of clothes and other property outside an Okanagan home.

33-year-old woman taken into custody near blaze, charged with arson

RCMP said they were able to locate a female suspect close to the scene of this fire in West Kelowna, B.C., thanks to reports from witnesses. (RCMP)

A 33-year-old woman has been arrested for arson after allegedly setting fire to a pile of clothes outside a home in West Kelowna, B.C.

On Tuesday morning, the West Kelowna Fire Department responded to reports of a house fire in the Okanagan city on Webber Road.

RCMP said a neighbour witnessed the woman allegedly light the pile of clothing and other property on fire outside the home, before walking away.

"Fire officials immediately responded to the scene to battle the blaze which had spread to the home, while police officers set up a perimeter [around] the area in search of their arson suspect," said Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey.

"We were able to locate and arrest our suspect nearby the scene, thanks to eyewitnesses who safely followed the female suspect away from the burning home."

No injuries reported

Police said no one was injured in the fire. Officers are calling it an isolated incident.

Though an arrest has been made, police say it is still an active and ongoing investigation.

Any witnesses are asked to come forward.