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.

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