Emergency crews responded to a house fire on Canyon View Road on March 1. The fire and an assault around the same time are both under investigation at present.

Emergency crews responded to a house fire on Canyon View Road on March 1. The fire and an assault around the same time are both under investigation at present.

Police investigate altercation and fire

Police are investigating an assault and suspicious fire which both occurred on the same day last week.

Police are investigating an assault and suspicious fire which both occurred on the same day last week.

On March 1 at 1:27 p.m., a 69-year-old man attended the Summerland RCMP detachment to report he had been assaulted.

While officers were investigating the assault, emergency responders were called to a fire at the victim’s home in the 9000 block of Canyon View Road.

Nobody was in the house at the time of the fire.

A 64-year-old Penticton man was arrested regarding the assault.

The victim was taken to hospital, but has since been released.

Cpl. D.J. Tyreman of the RCMP said the fire began shortly after the accused was removed from the house. However, police do not yet know if the two incidents are related.

“Are they connected? We don’t know yet,” he said.

Sgt. Stephane LaCroix of the Summerland RCMP detachment said the two men are known to each other and do not present a danger to the community.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about either the assault or the fire is asked to call the Summerland RCMP at 250-404-2000 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.