Suspect in West Vancouver assault, arson arrested

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Police say the suspect lit his own home on fire

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A West Vancouver man was arrested Monday night, accused of assaulting his neighbor and then lighting his own house on fire, which prompted a neighborhood lockdown when police suspected that he was armed.

The assault and arson were reported around 4:20 p.m. and both police and fire crews were dispatched to the neighborhood near 19th Street and Markle Avenue. Initially, police believed the suspect was armed, and while authorities searched, several neighboring homes had to be evacuated.

Meanwhile, Vancouver Fire crews worked to extinguish a fire that had fully engulfed the home on W 19th Street. Police said the heat and heavy smoke from the fire made it difficult to search for the suspect near the property.

Police and fire crews at the scene of a fully involved house fire in West Vancouver, Washington, on Sept. 28, 2020. (KOIN)

Once the fire was contained, police used a K-9 to search for the suspect, who was eventually found hiding in a neighboring yard.

Police arrested the man, identified as 59-year-old Allan McCall, around 7:30 p.m. McCall has been charged with one count of assault, however, authorities said the arson investigation is ongoing.

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