Second Mary Brown’s fire in three weeks deemed suspicious

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Police are investigating after a second fire at Mary Brown’s Chicken in Fort St. John has been deemed suspicious.

Deputy Chief Darrell Blades with the Fort St. John Fire Department said that crews arrived on the scene at around 11:30 on Monday night. Upon arrival, crews saw that there had been a fire burning just inside the front door of the restaurant, but that the restaurant’s sprinkler system had nearly extinguished the blaze and kept it contained. Damage was estimated by Blades to total roughly $5,000.

Crews also noticed when they arrived that a front window of the restaurant was broken, and Blades said that the fire was deemed suspicious in nature. This is the second suspicious fire at the restaurant in the past three weeks. A fire that occurred at around 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, July 10th is currently being treated as arson by police, along with another pair of fires that occurred at the Mary Brown’s restaurant in Grande Prairie earlier this year. Cpl. Dirk Finkensiep with the Fort St. John RCMP confirmed that both fires are currently under an active police investigation.

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