The RCMP in Hopedale are currently investigating a suspicious house fire.
On Friday, October 23, 2015, at approximately 11:50 am, RCMP received a report of a house fire in the community.
Officers attended the scene and entered the smoke filled home.
A lone 54 year old female occupant was found inside the residence and was removed by police.
The woman was treated for smoke inhalation and later released.
Further investigation resulted in the arrest of the 54 year old woman for assault with a weapon and uttering threats on a 63 year old male.
The charges are in relation to an incident that occurred prior to the fire.
Officers continue to investigate the cause of the house fire.
The 54 year old woman is currently in police custody.
The RCMP would like to thank the fast thinking neighbours who used buckets of water to control the fire until the fire department arrived and took over.
According to the RCMP, these efforts reduced the damage to the home.