Man facing arson charges connected to Salmon Arm 7-Eleven fire granted bail

The 7-Eleven in Salmon Arm was heavily damaged and roped off by caution tape after the August fire. Megan Turcato / Global News

A Shuswap man facing charges in relation to a bizarre crash and fire at a Salmon Arm 7-Eleven has been released on bail.

Kenneth Laforge was granted bail by a judge on Wednesday.

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He was released on 23 conditions, including requirements that he not go to the 7-Eleven in Salmon Arm or possess drugs or alcohol.

The Shuswap man in his late thirties is facing three charges in connection to the August, 2018 fire, when a motorist allegedly drove a vehicle into the Salmon Arm 7-Eleven, put gas on the vehicle and the store and lit a fire.

WATCH: Witness video of last August’s fire at the Salmon Arm 7-Eleven

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Smoke, fire pouring from 7-Eleven store – Aug 24, 2018

A psychiatric assessment, discussed at a previous court date, suggested crystal meth may have been involved in the incident.

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The case is back in court on January 29 for an arraignment hearing.

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The 7-Eleven remains closed.

Laforge is charged with mischief under $5,000, arson related to inhabited property and arson damaging property.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

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