UPDATE: RCMP rule out criminal activity in Charlie Lake fire

UPDATE: The Fort St John RCMP received an abandoned 911 call from a residence on 283 Road in Charlie Lake, BC….

UPDATE:  The Fort St John RCMP received an abandoned 911 call from a residence on 283 Road in Charlie Lake, BC.   It was determined that there was a structure fire in which all emergency services attended.

Police say a man attempted to use a propane radiant heater inside the residence for additional heat.  Unknown to the man, there was a leak and the heater caught fire and then exploded.  The residence and a nearby vehicle were destroyed. The man was transported to the hospital by ambulance for medical attention. The investigation ruled out any suspicion of a criminal offence.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Charlie Lake Fire Chief, Edward Albury, is extending his thanks to the Fort St. John Fire Department for their assistance in fighting a fire on 283 Road Monday evening.

The Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to the call at approximately 6:42 p.m. with two engines, two tenders, one rescue vehicle, and two chief vehicles. Fort St. John firefighters also came to assist with an additional fire tender and crew.

Upon arrival, they came across a small structure fully engulfed in flames, surrounded by propane tanks and gas cylinders.

The Fort St John RCMP says a man attempted to use a propane radiant heater inside the residence for additional heat.  Unknown to the man, there was a leak and the heater caught fire and then exploded.

The residence and a nearby vehicle were destroyed.

The man was transported to the hospital by ambulance for medical attention. The extent of his injuries was not released.

Albury says there were a number of challenges with this call, including the weather, shrapnel produced by the gas cylinders and propane tanks, and the property’s driveway which was unplowed.

Crews spent seven hours putting the fire out, leaving the scene at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The initial cause of the fire is unknown and the CLFD says the investigation is ongoing.

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