British Columbia

Police probe arson death of Kamloops woman

Police have launched a homicide investigation after a Kamloops, B.C., woman has died after being critically injured in an alleged arson last Thursday.

Cheryl William, 44, was pulled unconscious from a house fire

Police have launched a homicide investigation after a Kamloops, B.C., woman has died after being critically injured in an alleged arson last Thursday.

Cheryl William, 44,  was pulled unconscious from the early morning house fire and was rushed to Royal Inland Hospital. She was taken off life support Monday night.

A tenant of the house, David Peter Gordon, 32, has already been charged with arson and remains in police custody. Police have now launched a homicide investigation and are considering further charges against Gordon.

Staff Sgt. Fran Bethel said Gordon was involved in an argument with a different resident just an hour before the fire started.

"We responded to a woman from the home, who resides there. She met officers outside the home. There had been an argument in the house and she was given a ride to another residence," she said.

Police say the victim lived in a different unit in the house and was not involved in the argument. Three other people made it out of the building uninjured.

 

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