Cause of Monday’s fire on 104th Ave undetermined

House fire on 104 avenue October 24, 2016. Photo by Chris Newton

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Investigators working with the Fort St. John Fire Department have been unable to determine exactly what caused a fire that forced four people from their home on 104th Avenue earlier this week.

Captain Marco D’Agostino with the fire department said that due to the severe damage that the fire caused, investigators were not able to determine, exactly what caused the fire, though they were able to find a rough location where the fire began. D’Agostino said that the fire started in the home’s unenclosed garage, completely damaging that structure. The fire also managed to extend into a lower suite in the home, where the majority of damage was caused by smoke. The house also suffered damage to the siding adjacent to the garage, although D’Agostino stated that there was no damage done extending to the soffits.

Overall, D’Agostino said that damages totalled roughly $100,000, largely due to the fact that he believes the house will have to be gutted to repair smoke damage.

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