One dead in local RBC fire

The RCMP has confirmed that one person was found dead after a fire was sparked in the Fort St. John RBC.

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The Fort St. John RBC has closed after a fire to its ATM vestibule area on Sunday. (Energeticcity.ca)

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The RCMP has confirmed that one person was found dead after a fire was sparked in the Fort St. John RBC.

Corporal Madonna Saunderson said the Fort St. John RCMP is investigating the sudden death, which she says is not being deemed suspicious at this time.

 “The BC Coroners Service are engaged and conducting a parallel investigation into the cause of death,” said Saunderson in a statement.

The fire in the RBC branch’s ATM area started on Sunday, resulting in the branch closing down for the foreseeable future.

The extent of the damage to the building, what started the fire, and when the bank will reopen is still unknown. RBC told Energeticcity.ca on Tuesday that the branch will reopen once an investigation and repair work is completed.

RBC sent out an email to customers informing them of the closure this week.

Those needing to access an RBC ATM are asked to head to Petro Canada at 11724 Alaska Avenue or inside the Totem Mall at 9600 93rd Avenue. The closest full-service branch is in Dawson Creek.

Anyone needing to chat with an RBC representative is asked to call 1‑800‑769‑2511 or use the company’s online booking tool to arrange a phone call with an advisor.

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