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Family dog rescued, suspect arrested after house fire in Coquitlam causes extensive damage

Police investigating arson, believe suspect was known by occupants of home

Police believe a fire that caused extensive damage to a Coquitlam home on Thursday night (Feb. 16) was lit intentionally by someone known to the occupants.

While no one was inside the home during the fire, which happened at a residence on Keith Place near Parkland Drive around 11:30 p.m, the family dog was rescued by fire crews and did suffer minor injuries.

The fire also spread to two adjacent properties, causing further damage.

“Intentionally setting a residence on fire shows a complete disregard for the safety of others,” Sgt. Karrie Ellis said in a statement Friday.

“We are happy that no one was seriously injured and that officers were able to make a swift arrest of the suspect.”

Because the person has not been officially charged, their identity has not been made public.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coquitlam RCMP.

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About the Author: Ashley Wadhwani-Smith

I began my journalistic journey at Black Press Media as a community reporter in my hometown of Maple Ridge, B.C.
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