A man from the Sundre area faces six criminal charges in connection with a Thursday evening house fire and the dousing of the homeowner with gasoline.

On Thursday evening, a home in the Bearberry area northwest of Sundre was engulfed in flames after gasoline was ignited by a wood burning stove. According to RCMP, the homeowner, a 45-year-old woman, was intentionally covered in gasoline by the suspect. The woman escaped unharmed and called 9-1-1 from a neighbour’s home,

Derek Littlejohn, 43, has been formally charged with:

  • Arson causing damage to property
  • Arson causing damage to property occupied by others
  • Criminal negligence – reckless disregard for life
  • Assault with weapon
  • Forcible confinement
  • Breach of probation

Littlejohn remains in RCMP custody and is scheduled to appear in Didsbury Provincial Court on Monday.