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Suspect charged with arson after emergency services respond to multiple fires

The Stoney Nakoda Fire Department, Exshaw Fire Rescue and Cochrane RCMP responded to the two sheds and one abandoned building set on fire Sunday (May 31)
Three structure fires were set on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation on Sunday (May 31). STONEY NAKODA SECURITY PHOTO

STONEY NAKODA – Cochrane RCMP have arrested and charged a man in connection with three structure fires that were set on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation Sunday (May 31).

Cpl. Troy Savinkoff said all three fires were lit over a short period of time and within the same area of the Morley townsite. He said multiple calls to report the fires were received.

Two sheds and one abandoned home were fully engulfed when emergency services arrived, which included Exshaw Fire Rescue and the Stoney Nakoda Fire Department. 

"Police flooded the area," he said. "We had a description of the of what the suspect might look like. We located the suspect and arrested him." 

Branden Powderface, 21, is charged with three counts of arson and three counts of failing to comply with a probation order. Powderface was remanded into custody and was expected to appear in Cochrane Provincial Court on June 2. 

Savinkoff said there were no injuries as a result of the fires. 

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call the Cochrane RCMP at 403-851-8000. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at or 1-800-222-8477 (TIPPS). 

Tanya Foubert

About the Author: Tanya Foubert

Tanya Foubert started as a news reporter at the Rocky Mountain Outlook in 2006. She won the Canadian Community Newspaper Award for best news story for her coverage of the 2013 flood. In December 2018, she became editor of the Outlook.
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