Cause of Thursday night house fire not determined

Members of the Fort St. John Fire Department and the RCMP investigating last night's fire in the 8200 block of 101st Ave on Friday morning. Photo by Chris Newton

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Despite an extensive investigation, fire crews from the Fort St. John fire department have not been able to find the cause of a house fire on 101st Avenue last week.

Last Thursday evening at around 8:00, fire crews were called out to the house in the 8200 block of 101st Ave, where they found the house fully engulfed in flames. It took fire crews the better part of the evening to knock the fire down, and fire crews were seen checking for hotspots the next morning.

Fire Chief Fred Burrows says that during their investigation, officials were able to get in touch with the homeowner, learning that the house had been vacant for more than twenty years. Burrows said that investigators were able to rule out utilities as the cause of the fire, as they had been disconnected from the house. Burrows said that there were also no obvious signs of an accelerant being used to start the fire, nor was there any indication  that anyone had been squatting in the home. Burrows added that the fire could have been started several hours before fire crews got the call, and said that the slight wind that evening could have helped to fan the flames before it was discovered.

After an extensive investigation, Burrows said that while the cause of the fire does raise some eyebrows, the cause of the fire was unable to be determined.

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