Vernon and North Okanagan
Arson at Pedro's Fruit Stand
Sep 11, 2013 / 5:46 pm
The massive fire that destroyed a well-known fruit stand in Salmon Arm appears to be arson.
Owner Dale Ruth spoke with Castanet and says that although the police have been tightlipped, they've said evidence of an arson has been found at the scene.
“I haven’t got official word on it but according to others involved in the investigation it was arson,” says Ruth.
The Ruth family is still recovering from the loss, “It’s terrible I mean how would anyone else feel if someone burnt down their family business,” says Ruth.
He says they are working hard to get back to businesses and selling fruit once again to their loyal North Okanagan clientele.
“We have farms and we have crops and we are growing things to sell; we are still doing that. And we are working towards building a temporary place to do that, which will be on the same property that the fire was. Plus we need to pick some more apples because we don’t have any anymore,” says Ruth.
Ruth did not seem surprised that it may be arson, as he had a gut feeling about his suspicions.
“I can’t say what I think; I can’t accuse anybody because the investigation is in the hands of professionals. They are doing their job and they are looking,” said Ruth.
He hopes to talk with police and find out more about the evidence they've discovered and who they may think targeted his businesses.
Ruth says the town has stood behind his family, which has helped get them through. “There has been so much support from everyone, it’s just been really really helpful to have the community support,” expressed Ruth.
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