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Unoccupied house burns on Oliver orchard

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November 01, 2016 - 11:45 AM

OLIVER - A structure fire in Oliver caused significant damage to a currently unoccupied residence last night.

Oliver Fire Department spokesperson Rob Graham says the department was called to an orchard property on Road Five at about 10:40 p.m., Oct. 31, to a fire at an unoccupied building.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but Graham says police and fire officials will be back on scene today, Nov. 1, to conduct a further investigation.

Graham says flames were visible from the highway as they approached the residence. He believes the building was habitable but unoccupied last night.

“We knew something fairly serious was going on when we got there. The guys knocked it down pretty quickly,” he says.

“From what I could see, it looked like a home,” he said, noting he was operating a truck some distance from the house.

Graham believes some of the structure is still standing. Firefighters were on scene for around three hours.

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