March 22, 2015 - 11:35 AM
SCOTCH CREEK – A suspicious fire burned a partially demolished mobile home in Scotch Creek to the ground Friday night, March 20.
Fire chief Art Stoll says they decided to let the fire in the abandoned singlewide trailer at 4143 Butters Road burn itself out.
People in Shuswap town called the property Heroin Hill due to the rumours of drug use surrounding the place.
“Because we didn’t know what was involved in that trailer, and given the past history of the property, we elected to just cool it down and let it burn itself out,” Stoll says.
The fire chief says the cause of the fire is suspicious.
“I have my assumptions (about the cause), but we’re not going to investigate it, so I’m not going to say.”
The uninhabited trailer wasn’t hooked up to hydro, ruling out an electrical issue as a cause of the blaze.
The community and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District had been trying to get the trailer removed and the property cleaned up for some time, according to Stoll.
“The community is happy to see it gone, that’s for sure.”
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— This story was updated at 4:40 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2015 to include photos of the fire scene.
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