The investigation into the fire at Penticton Toyota has been deemed arson and two people have been taken into police custody.
“Penticton RCMP General Investigative Section has made quick progress on this investigation and have identified and arrested two persons believed responsible,” said Supt. Brian Hunter,of the Penticton RCMP in a press release.
“There is more work to do and more details will be forthcoming at the conclusion of our investigation and subsequent charges. At this time we have nothing to indicate there is a further risk to other businesses or the public.”
The fire broke out at around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Penticton Fire Department said the fire quickly developed and plumes of smoke were visible across the city.
It took four hours to get the fire under control and the damage took a toll on those who go there every day for work.
“It’s very hard to watch what you do, what you love to do and your life’s work burning down in front of you and that is a very almost unexplainable feeling,” said Larry Pidperyhora Jr., Penticton Toyota general manager.
“They were able to get it under control and thankfully able to save our showroom and our main structure of the building. The building thankfully didn’t completely burn to the ground.”
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