One man, 22, was in custody Monday morning after a man attempted to light fires inside the Pihl Law Corporation offices in downtown Kelowna.
Kelowna Fire Department responded to a smoke alarm from the building in the 1400 block of Ellis Street at 10:19 a.m. July 13. When they arrived the building was already being evacuated by a tenant.
As a tenant began to usher people out he discovered the suspect near a fire that had been intentionally ignited in some clothing and was burning the carpet and a door. The suspect assaulted the tenant.
Firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze only to be attacked as well. The firefighters restrained the struggling suspect until police arrived to arrest him.
One firefighter sustained a minor injury to his hand and the tenant had an injury to his shoulder from the attack. All involved were checked out by paramedics.
The man faces potential charges of assault, resisting arrest and arson.
CORRECTION: the fires were not at the Kelowna Courthouse. Unconfirmed reports have them at a downtown Kelowna law firm.
Two minor fires inside building reported to be put out.
Fire truck and crew staging at corner of Bernard and Ellis in Kelowna. Moving to KLO and Richter.
First responders inside call for ventilation in south staircase.
Unconfirmed reports have fire alarms ringing at a downtown Kelowna law firm.
At 10:20 a.m. Monday, July 13, the building was being evacuated.