Arson charges are pending against a 47-year-old woman after a suspicious house fire in west Edmonton Friday evening.
Six fire trucks responded to the home in the area of 163 Street and 101 Avenue just before 8:30 p.m. following multiple reports of black smoke, Edmonton Fire said. The fire blazed inside and outside the home and was ruled out just after 11 p.m. Investigators returned to the site Saturday morning.
No one was inside the house at the time and no injuries were reported.
In an statement Saturday morning, police spokeswoman Carolin Maran said a 47-year-old woman has been arrested and is set to face charges of arson to property and possession of incendiary material. The woman isn’t believed to live at the residence, police said.
Property damages are estimated at more than $350,000, but may change as the investigation continues.
Police closed 163 Street in both directions between Stony Plain Road and 102 Avenue Friday evening as a result of the fire, but it has since reopened.