Second Molotov cocktail fire in Kamloops in three days, this time at the site of 2023 homicide

2nd Molotov cocktail fire

Staff Sgt. Kelly Butler told Castanet Kamloops police responded, along with Kamloops Fire Rescue, at about 1 a.m. Saturday to a townhome in the 800-block of Valhalla Drive where a carport was struck with the incendiary device.

A fire was sparked at the front of the home, Butler said, adding the file is still under investigation.

Police investigators canvassing the neighbourhood could be found checking in on residents of the home when Castanet attended the scene before 1:30 p.m. The officers said they had obtained video surveillance from the area.

The fire appeared to burn a rear portion of a Jeep parked in the carport as well as the side of the home.

KFR platoon Capt. Sheldon Guertin said a bystander was extinguishing the fire when firefighters arrived, at which point there were no visible flames. He said some materials outside of the house in the carport had burned, and police arrived shortly after KFR and took over the scene.

Butler said police stopped a vehicle and spoke with a suspect, but did not have enough evidence to link them to the incident and they were released.

She said police believe the fire was targeted and not a random incident.

Two days earlier, police responded to a home in the 200-block of Spruce Avenue in North Kamloops where someone had apparently thrown a Molotov cocktail on the deck of the residence at about 4 a.m.

Butler said there’s nothing to indicate the two incidents are related.

The home where Saturday’s Molotov cocktail was thrown is 110-800 Valhalla Dr., which is the townhouse where Chaneill Satow, 39, was shot to death last May.

Butler said there is nothing to suggest there’s any connection between this incident and the homicide.

Emergency crews were called to 110-800 Valhalla Dr. at about 6:30 p.m. on May 21, according to residents.

Police said at the time, Satow was shot on the property. She died in hospital five days later.

The investigation into the slaying is ongoing.

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