Murder, arson charges laid after deadly fire in Falher, Alta.


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RCMP in northwest Alberta have laid murder and arson charges after a deadly fire.

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On Saturday, RCMP announced charges of second-degree murder and arson with disregard for human life against a 26-year-old man.

The charges relate to a fire that destroyed a trailer on Central Avenue in Falher on Sept. 22. The fire happened on a windy afternoon and damaged a neighbouring house and apartment complex. One firefighter with Smoky River Fire & Rescue was taken to hospital but has since recovered, the department said in a Facebook post.

Once the fire was extinguished, crews discovered human remains inside the ruined trailer. RCMP Const. Cheri-Lee Smith said the remains are still with the medical examiner awaiting identification.

Mounties announced Saturday that they had arrested Falher resident Roderick Ellery-Sorensen in connection with the fire. Ellery-Sorensen remains in custody and makes a court appearance in Peace River Monday.

Falher has a population of 1,047 and lies 430 km northwest of Edmonton.