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Man charged with arson in Coldstream house fire

Another view of Friday night's house fire in Coldstream, B.C. Julie Husband

A 38-year-old man has been charged in connection with a fire that destroyed a Coldstream home.

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The fire destroyed a home on Hawthorne Place in Coldstream on Jan. 14 at around 7 p.m. Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and the Coldstream Fire Department responded.

While the house was destroyed, residents were uninjured.

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“Early findings indicated the fire to be suspicious and information collected as the investigation progressed led police to believe it was deliberately set,” RCMP said in a press release.

“Later that evening, at approximately 9:30 p.m., police arrested a suspect in relation to the fire.”

Matthew Eric Mason, 38, was charged with one count of arson with disregard for human life and one count of failing to comply with a release order.

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Mason remains in custody. His next court appearance is Thursday.

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