Update: House fire on 6th Avenue West considered suspicious

Police and fire crews attended a house fire on 6th Avenue West at 6 a.m. Thursday morning in Prince Rupert, B.C.

Police and fire crews attended a house fire on 6th Avenue West at 6 a.m. Thursday morning in Prince Rupert.



The house fire that claimed a 59-year-old woman’s life early Thursday morning, March 24, is being considered suspicious by the RCMP.

The North District Major Crime Unit has been called up to assist with the ongoing investigation in ruined home in the 200 block of 6th Avenue West.

Anyone passing by the area may notice people working in and around the home with unmarked vehicles parked out front.

“My understanding is because it is a crime scene we’re holding it because as soon as we release it we lose continuity,” said Cpl. Dave Tyreman media relations for the North District RCMP. “As soon as they’re done processing the scene we’ll release it.”

Tyreman couldn’t comment further

The Prince Rupert Fire Department received a call about the fire at 3 a.m. and rushed to the home. The RCMP were also called to the scene to assist with traffic control.

When officers arrived at the scene they observed medical services personnel performing CPR on a woman who was associated to the residence. The woman was pronounced deceased at scene.

“The more information we can get from the public the better,” Tyreman said. The RCMP are asking anyone who may have witnessed anything or anyone suspicious in the neighbourhood two or three hours before the fire was discovered to please contact the Prince Rupert RCMP or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (tips).

Fire crews and police continue to investigate the scene to determine the cause of the fire.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Coastal GasLink stresses pipeline ‘on a schedule’ as B.C. appoints liaison for Wet’suwet’en

670-kilometre pipeline is schedule to be completed by end of 2023

Anticipated adverse weather leads to ferry rescheduling, Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii

Sailing for the Northern Expedition, Skidegate has been revised by BC Ferries

Three fires in two days

Fires crews kept busy in Prince Rupert

UPDATE: Power restored after outage in Prince Rupert

Power was out in the entire downtown area for a time on Sunday afternoon

Landlord Lows – Using tools are vital

Rental responsibilites and landlord lows

VIDEO: Music stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys award show

Music artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Rick Ross and Kirk Franklin paid tribute to Bryant

WEB POLL: Will you be watching the Super Bowl?

The Chiefs and 49ers are ready to decide football’s ultimate crown

River Kings dethrone Rampage to reclaim first place in CIHL standings

Terrace is heading to Rupert rivals Jan. 31 in what will be a pivotal match for first place

Furstenau flays NDP as she launches B.C. Green Party leadership bid

LNG, Site C dam wrong for environment, Cowichan MLA says

Woman guilty of dangerous driving crash that left Saanich girl, then 11, unresponsive

Nikirk guilty of one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm

Pregnant B.C. woman stuck in Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak

Woman is due to give birth in Wuhan, China unless she can get out

Victoria-area wolf tranquilized after being seen running around neighbourhood

Officials say wolf unharmed during its ‘arrest’

Ontario confirms second presumptive coronavirus case in wife of first patient

Both arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

Most Read