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RCMP raid on house results in fire, evacuation, and arrests

Residents of the 2700 block of Range Road were likely a little surprised when the RCMP Emergency Response Team, including a chopper in the sky, converged on a house on the street at about 6 p.m. Thursday. The commotion resulted in a small fire, plenty of smoke and several neighbouring houses being evacuated.

Police say they were executing a search warrant at the residence looking for evidence of drug trafficking. Due to the risk assessment, the Emergency Response Team was required to ensure everyone’s safety, say police. A man and woman, found inside the residence, were arrested. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated. Evidence found in the residence including a quantity of methamphetamine and two sawed off rifles.

During the entry to the residence, a bed in one of the bedrooms caught fire, however members of the Emergency Response Team were able to quickly extinguish the flames. Prince George Fire Rescue attended to ensure there was no further danger to the residence. Unfortunately, due to the initial concern over the fire, nearby neighbouring residences had to be evacuated. The Prince George RCMP would like to thank those residents for their cooperation and apologize for the inconvenience this caused them.

If you have any information about drug trafficking in our community, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at (English only).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.  If you provide information that leads to an arrest or seizure of illicit drugs, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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