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Mobile home on ‘Heroin Hill’ in Shuswap goes up in flames

There isn't much left of a mobile home on notorious 'Heroin Hill' in Scotch Creek which burned in a suspicious fire, Friday, March 20, 2015.
Image Credit: Columbia Shuswap Regional District
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.”

The morning after a fire burned an abandoned mobile home on Butters Road in Scotch Creek, Friday, March 20, 2015.
The morning after a fire burned an abandoned mobile home on Butters Road in Scotch Creek, Friday, March 20, 2015.
Image Credit: Columbia Shuswap Regional District

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 4:40 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2015 to include photos of the fire scene.

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