Arson suspected in West Trail fire

A Good Samaritan during an intentionally set West Trail house fire Friday night received a lungful of smoke for his efforts.

A man who tried to be a Good Samaritan during an intentionally set West Trail house fire Friday night received a lungful of smoke for his efforts.

Around 11:40 p.m. a Trail man was walking past 683 Binns St. when he noticed flames inside of the house.

He ran into the house several times to check for anyone trapped inside, said Sgt. Rob Hawton of the Trail and Greater District RCMP. However, unbeknownst to the man, the house had been vacant.

“He was subsequently transported to the Trail hospital for smoke inhalation, and has since been taken to St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver,” said Sgt. Hawton in a press release.

The Trail Fire Department was able to save the house and damage was limited to the front room area, with smoke damage throughout the rest of the house.

The fire appears to have been set intentionally, said Sgt. Hawton.

“This incident is being investigated as an arson.”

and (we) request anyone with information to call us at 250-364-2566,” he said.

People can also call West Kootenay Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. To leave a secure tip online, go to http://www.bccrimestoppers.com/links.php.