The man arrested at the scene of a fatal Port Moody fire yesterday has now been charged.
Homicide Investigators have not released the man’s name, but say he’s facing charges of Second Degree Murder, and two counts of Arson.
Yesterday, neighbours scrambled to help five children, aged five to 18, escape as a Port Moody house went up in flames following a domestic dispute.
That fire claimed the life of the children’s mother.
The accused has been charged with 2nd Deg murder and 2 counts Arson causing bodily harm in relation to yesterday's homicide in Port Moody.— IHIT (@HomicideTeam) July 11, 2016
Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says the woman was pulled from the home with extensive injuries and later died in hospital.
“Inside the home were five children – male and the female. I can tell you that those children, due to their quick thinking and remaining calm, were able to evacuate the home from the second floor of the home and I can tell you that is also with the assistance of neighbours in the area that assisted in lending a ladder to the kids to help them escape from the top floor of the house.”
Port Moody Police were called out a domestic dispute in progress at a home on Dewdney Trunk Road near the Barnett Highway yesterday afternoon.
When they arrived, the house was in flames and two adults were still inside.
Pound says neighbours played a key role in helping the children escape.
“The kids were trying to get out of the top floor of the house. They managed to do that with the help of the general public and the neighbourhood themselves. A latter was provided for them to exit as they were at the top floor.”