A suspected arsonist was in police custody Friday afternoon after allegedly lighting fire to this Columbia Beach home.

Arson suspected in house fire at waterfront home near Parksville

Police took a woman into custody on Thursday; there were no injuries in the fire but significant damage

A 43-year-old Parksville woman was in police custody Friday afternoon after being arrested for alleged arson, according to Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman.

Police were called to a waterfront home along Admiral Tryon Boulevard in Columbia Beach at approximately 9 p.m. Thursday night.

Foreman said Mounties were the first to arrive on the scene and they located a woman nearby. “We questioned her and determined she was (allegedly) responsible,” Foreman told The NEWS Friday afternoon.

He said a motive for any possible arson has not been determined.

Foreman said the house did not burn to the ground, but sustained “quite a bit of damage.” He said the suspect is slated to appear in Nanaimo court.

The investigation continues.

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