It took 11 firefighters approximately four hours to extinguish a blaze early this morning on 96 Street. Calls started to come in just before 6:30 a.m. reporting that a vacant home near 100 Avenue was on fire.

Fire Chief Fred Burrows said the age and make up of the structure made it a challenge to battle.

“The fire had a good hold. It was an older structure with sort of a building built on top of a building so it was stubborn to put out.”

The Fire Prevention Branch and Fort St. John RCMP are continuing to investigate a cause as Burrows added that due diligence still has to be done before automatically deeming the fire to be suspicious in nature.

“You can’t rule out anything. There was still hydro connected to the building. You have to treat it like it’s any other structure fire and go through the investigation routes that you would take to any other structure to rule out different items before jumping to any conclusion.”

An update on the cause will be provided should details become available.