Vehicle gutted by overnight fire on 24th Avenue in Vernon

Police probe car fire

UPDATE: 1:45 p.m.

Vernon RCMP say they are investigating a suspicious car fire on 24th Avenue early this morning.

Residents were woken by the sound of a car alarm about 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of 39th Street.

When police arrived on scene, they discovered a car fully engulfed, and fire crews hard at work to extinguish the blaze.

"While the fire department was putting out the fire, our officers canvased the neighbourhood for potential witnesses or video surveillance of the incident," Cpl. Tania Finn said in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

"Based on information we learned at the scene, police are treating the fire as suspicious."

Police continue to investigate the incident, and no suspects have been identified at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Chad Gravelle at 250-545-7171 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.nokscrimestoppers.com.

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m.

A witness tells Castanet two men were seen smashing the window of a car that moments later caught fire on 24th Avenue overnight.

The tipster says four men were seen earlier, about 6 p.m. Monday, dropping the car off.

Then, two men were seen about 2:30 a.m. smashing the window and throwing something into the car.

Castanet has reached out to Vernon RCMP for more information.

ORIGINAL: 6:30 a.m.

A vehicle went up in flames overnight on 24th Avenue in Vernon.

The sedan was gutted by the fire, which happened just after 2:30 a.m. this morning.

Neighbour Kelsee Knowlan says she was awoken by a car horn blaring and got up to see the car "fully lit up in flames."

Thanks to a quick response time from firefighters, "it was put out quickly with no harm to any surrounding vehicles."

It's not yet known what caused the fire or if anyone was injured in the blaze.

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