Swallow St. Fire
The reward for information about the June 4, 2009 fire that completely destroyed 31 Swallow St. in Kitimat has been increased to $4,000.
Although not officially classified as an arson, both the fire department and RCMP described the fire as suspicious and the police left the file open.
The blaze, which also spread to 27 Swallow and melted the siding on 35 Swallow, left a single mother and her two small children homeless at the time. The young family - who was sleeping at the parents' home the night of the fire - lost everything they had, including their beloved eight-year-old pet dog.
The family recalls that a resident on Swallow St. reported that she awoke in the night and heard a commotion outside 31 Swallow and then a vehicle sped away from the area just moments before the blaze broke out.
The family also stated that shortly after the fire, two persons of interest agreed to take polygraph tests. One test result was inconclusive and the person refused to take the polygraph again. The other suspect did not show up for his appointment.
“Those responsible for the fire have never been brought to justice and we believe that someone in the Kitimat area has information that will help solve this crime,” the family said in announcing the reward increase.
"We would like nothing more than to finally have closure for our family. We're hoping that with the passage of time, any loyalty someone had toward the perpetrator(s) has diminished and/or someone might want to clear their conscience and will come forward with conclusive information.
We are offering the $4,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible."
Information can be e-mailed to swallowstreetfire,,,hotmail.com, called in to the local RCMP at 250-632-7111 or relayed anonymously via CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at www.bccrimestoppers.com
In addition to the family's $4,000 reward, an amount of up to $2,000 may also be available through CrimeStoppers.