Nanaimo man arrested
(Image / Tom Brenner)

A 65-year-old man has been arrested after confessing to police that he started a mobile home fire in Nanaimo.

According to the Nanaimo RCMP, police and North Cedar Fire were called to a fire at approximately 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon on Barnes Road in the Cedar area.

The residence was was fully engulfed in flames when first responders arrived on scene, according to RCMP.

Fire crews were able to quickly douse the blaze and prevent it from spreading to other structures.

Police say that a 65-year-old man returned to the property and admitted to officers that he started the fire.

He was then taken into custody, where he remains.

Fortunately, there was nobody  inside the mobile home at the time of the fire.

The man is facing charges of arson and is expected to appear in Nanaimo provincial court later today, according to RCMP.