A man and a woman are facing arson charges after turning themselves in to police.
On August 21st, Campbell River RCMP issued arrest warrants for 42-year-old Eddie Cliffe and 63-year-old Gwen Olney for arson charges related to fire that destroyed one house and damaged others on June 25th.
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The home that went up in flames was located at 2335 Henderson Ave, and after attending the site, officers promptly commenced an arson investigation.
Once the warrant was issued, Olney turned herself in to the Campbell River Courthouse on August 28th and was released on a Recognizance with several conditions. Her first court appearance is scheduled for September 9th.
The next day, Cliffe also turned himself in to the Courthouse and is currently waiting to appear before a judge.
CR firefighters battle another structure fire this morning. This one on Henderson Rd. No injuries reported. The cause is considered suspicious and under investigation. pic.twitter.com/WJicXn1BEC
— Campbell River Fire (@RiverCityFire) June 25, 2019
“Any house fire possess a significant danger to the citizens in the surrounding area, not to mention the danger to First Responders that attend the blaze and investigate the blaze after the fact,” said Sgt Dave Johnson in a statement.
“A house fire that is deliberately set is particularly concerning as it is a dangerous situation that is totally preventable.”
Police say that information from witnesses and the public aided them significantly in their efforts to obtain charge approval in this file.