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Investigation continues into possible arson

A possible case of arson that torched an Alderlea Street home on Dec. 7 is still under investigation, along with a suspect, police say.

Sgt. Jack McNeil of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP said the Duncan blaze is “certainly suspicious and we’re treating it as arson.”

A 29-year-old male taken into custody at the time of the inferno remains a primary suspect. That man has been released without charges, McNeil said of the 3 p.m. blaze that gutted the home.

“That house was a rental at the time.

“The owners are insured; the occupants aren’t homeless — they’ve been absorbed by family members locally, so there is a roof over their heads.

“We’re actively investigating this is an arson and a fire of suspicious origin.”

The cops continue working with the fire marshall to determine the blaze’s exact cause.

“The big loser is the property owner — and the family for having lost its effects,” McNeil said.

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