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Man arrested for arson in Kelowna convenience store blaze

Bankhead Convenience was destroyed on the morning of June 4
The walls had to come down on the Bankhead Convenience store in Kelowna to allow fire crews access to the blaze. (Brittany Webster/Capital News)

A convenience store that burned down on the morning of June 4 in Kelowna is said to be the result of arson, according to police.

Bankhead Convenience Store on Bernard Avenue went up in flames around 5:30a.m., prompting a large emergency crew response, and the destruction of the building.

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A man has been arrested for causing the blaze, though he was released from custody the following day, with a first court appearance scheduled for Oct. 9.

Nobody was harmed in the fire.

“This incident was not random in nature and we do not believe there is risk to other members of the public or businesses from the individual who was arrested,” said Cpl. Michael Gauthier of the Kelowna RCMP. “An extensive risk assessment is always conducted before someone is released from custody and appropriate conditions have been put in place.”

RCMP are now looking for video evidence from the area at the time, in the areas of Bernard Ave, Burtch Rd and the Parkinson Recreation Centre.

Anyone with information can contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 and reference Kelowna RCMP File #2023-30917, or remain anonymous via

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Jake Courtepatte

About the Author: Jake Courtepatte

Editor of Kelowna Capital News & West K News since February 2022. I have spent the majority of my career working in the Toronto area as both a sports reporter and a general reporter.
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