The fire that engulfed a multi-family home on the 800 block of Fulton Street on the evening of Tuesday, June 6 is now considered to be suspicious by Prince Rupert RCMP.
In a news release sent out by Sgt. Jagdev Uppal on Wednesday evening, RCMP detailed the protocol followed after the fire was called in to emergency authorities.
“Upon police arrival the building was fully engulfed in flames and the RCMP assisted the Prince Rupert Fire Department by doing traffic control and interviewing potential witnesses,” Sgt. Uppal stated.
The police returned to the location on Wednesday to monitor the scene and after further examination, deduced the fire to be suspicious.
Police are looking for two unknown individuals who were seen leaving the area in a small, dark coloured SUV at the time of the fire.
“The Prince Rupert RCMP would like to speak with these individuals as they may be potential witnesses with regards to the fire. If anyone has any information to provide they can contact the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-627-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Prince Rupert Fire Department, RCMP and paramedics attended the scene between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m on Tuesday.
Onlookers watched as firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control and RCMP interviewed tenants of the home to ensure everyone was accounted for.
A paramedic on the scene who later shared raw video of the fire, available on the Northern View website, stated that “everyone’s okay.”
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