SALMON ARM —; Salmon Arm RCMP pulled a man from a burning home in the Eagle Bay area after he had set it on fire.
There were no injuries during the incident. Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance at a home around 10 p.m. on Sunday night.
“On police arrival, an adult male and female were safely removed from the residence after it was learned that an adult male resident had armed himself with knives,” says Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.
“The man stayed inside the home and refused to comply with police instructions. A neighbouring home was also evacuated in order to safely secure the area.”
Moskaluk says during the standoff, RCMP officers spoke to the man who threatened to harm himself and police. He says the man smashed out several windows of the residence and then set the home on fire and refused to leave the residence.
“On three occasions RCMP officers extinguished the fires with extinguishers as local volunteer FD was called out to assist,” says Moskaluk.”
“Officers made continuous attempts to negotiate with the man to leave the residence peacefully each time that the man briefly exited the home threatening RCMP officers with knives.”
The man eventually set a large fire, according to Moskaluk, the flames quickly engulfed the home.
“RCMP officers had to make several attempts to pull the uncooperative man from the blaze and succeeded when the man tried to crawl out of a very small window,” says Moskaluk.
“The man was taken into custody physically uninjured then immediately transported to a medical facility in order to receive any required medical attention.”
He says none of the officers were injured.