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House fire was arson

Police are investigating a house fire in the Scotch Creek area that is believed to be arson.

Sean Coubrough, Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Fire Services Coordinator, said there were multiple ignition points in the house – one inside and one outside – leading officials to believe it was intentionally set.

Crews were called to the Hilliam Road home at 9 p.m. Tuesday evening.

No one was in the home at the time, but Coubrough said it looked like someone was in the process of clearing out the house.

“There were personal belongings and clothing and other items around,” said Coubrough. “They had boarded up the windows and the doors had been screwed shut as well.”

Coubrough said two windows had the plywood taken off.

While there were no signs of an accelerant being used, Coubrough said a pile of clothes was set alight in one of the bedrooms and a second ignition spot was found in the skirting around the outside of the building.

“At that point in time it became a criminal investigation and was turned over to the RCMP,” said Coubrough.

Fire crews were called to assist RCMP at the same residence earlier this month.

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