Charges laid in connection to June 2020 fire that destroyed two Castlegar homes


2020-11-20 12:50 PST

File # 2020-1713

The BC Prosecution Service has approved charges in relation to a fire that destroyed two Castlegar homes this past summer.

Click here to view the original news release (June 6, 2020).

On June 5, 2020 the Castlegar Fire Department and RCMP front line officers attended to a residential structure fire on Yew Street in Castlegar, which subsequently spread to a second home. Occupants of one of the houses were not home at the time, while occupants of the other were able to escape. Both homes were completely destroyed as a result of the blaze.

The criminal investigation determined the fire was a result of arson, states Sgt. Monty Taylor, Detachment Commander for the Castlegar RCMP. Police identified and arrested a suspect who is believed to be responsible for starting the fire.

On November 16, 2020 two criminal charges of arson were formally laid against Jonathan Mcallister, a 26-year-old Castlegar man. Mcallister has since been released from custody on strict bail conditions. He is expected to appear in Castlegar Provincial Court next on January 13, 2021.

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