British Columbia

Mission fire kills 1 woman, 2 children escape with hands 'zip-tied'

A woman died and two children were taken to hospital after what is being considered a suspicious fire ripped through their mobile home in Mission, B.C. on Friday.

Neighbours could hear a woman screaming from within the burning home

Walter Ramsey, 42, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson. (CBC)

A woman died and two children were taken to hospital after what is being considered a suspicious fire ripped through their mobile home in Mission, B.C., in the early hours of Friday morning.

Neighbours at the Green Acres Park on Shook Road were woken up by sirens to find one home ablaze and police and fire services in attendance.

One neighbour (who wished to remain anonymous) told CBC News she "heard a lot of screaming that sounded like it came from a female," as emergency crews responded.

Two other neighbours (who also asked to remain anonymous) say they saw two girls, aged approximately nine and 11, run out of the fiery trailer "with their hands zip-tied", before being taken away by ambulance.

"I can't imagine what these poor children have gone through," the neighbour said. "They appeared to be in shock."

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has not released any information about the woman, the children, or how the fire started.

With files from Eric Rankin

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