REPORTING · 10th July 2013
The Kitimat Fire Department was called out to a fire at ten to six on Monday, July 8th. The fire was at a house on Osprey, near the Fire Station.
“On arrival, the neighbour had already come out and started to extinguish the stairs going up to the front door of the duplex,” said Fire Chief Trent Bossence. “Crews extinguished the rest of the fire and it is under investigation.”
The stairs were badly damaged from the flame, the siding on the duplex was damaged but there was no damage inside the house.
“After the investigation, we determined that an accelerant was used to light the stairs on fire. It was handed to the RCMP and Ident came up and did an investigation and it was determined that it was lit by an accelerant. Unknown what the accelerant was at this time but it was lit by an accelerant by an unknown individual,” said Bossence.
He told us there were a number of fires in the Nechako Neighbourhood which are under investigation because they were started suspiciously. According to Bossence, this is the first house that has been lit. They do not know at this time if they are related. They are working with the RCMP on this.
Bossence would like to thank the individual who fought the fire with a garden hose to the fire for the work he did.
The Kitimat Fire Department is reminding people the hot dry temperatures for July and August is leading into forest fire season and are reminding people that watch campfires, make sure cigarettes are out and report wildfires.
We also asked the Fire Chief for further information about last week’s fire at the Aluminium City Motel. He told us he and the RCMP have each concluded their investigation and it is deemed suspicious in both structures. Each structure is being treated as individual fires. Both fires are undetermined due to the amount of damage to the structures.