Three charged with burn­ing house

Fourth fire in Carbonear where ar­son sus­pected

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP have charged three males (two adults and a youth) with break, en­ter and ar­son in con­nec­tion with a house fire in Carbonear last week.

The ac­cused, aged 23, 18 and 17 were charged in St. John’s pro­vin­cial court Satur­day, June 20 with break­ing into a home on Wa­ter Street and set­ting fire to the res­i­dence. The 18 and 17-- year old youth were also charged with breach of an un­der­tak­ing or­der­ing them to stay away from each other. They were held for a bail hear­ing Tues­day, June 23.

The blaze de­stroyed a twos­tory house on Wa­ter Street East in the Con­cep­tion Bay town in the early morn­ing hours of Thurs­day, June 18.

RCMP of­fi­cers were on night pa­trol when they no­ticed fire com­ing from the aban­doned house, and called the town’s vol­un­teer fire depart­ment.

They also tried to en­ter the burn­ing dwelling to find out if any­one was in­side, but were driven back by flames.

The of­fi­cers went next door where they awak­ened a fam­ily by pound­ing on their door and alerted them to the fire next door.

Al­though it had its sid­ing melted on the side clos­est to the burn­ing build­ing, fire­fight­ers man­aged to keep the blaze from spread­ing to the neigh­bours’ home west of the burn­ing struc­ture by keep­ing it wa­tered down.

Fire­fight­ers found the aban­doned two-story home com­pletely en­gulfed in flames when they ar­rived on the scene around 2 a.m. Thurs­day.

“Since there was no elec­tric­ity go­ing to the house, ar­son has not been ruled out,” said fire depart­ment spokesman, Keith Thomas.

The va­cant home was orig­i­nally owned by the late Mark Par­sons.

The eves on an old aban­doned shop east of the burn­ing build­ing also caught fire, but fire­fight­ers man­aged to put it out and save that struc­ture, which is also un­oc­cu­pied.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the aban­doned house has been a hang out for youth for a long time, and Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP have been called to the scene be­fore to re­spond to re­ports of young peo­ple in the area. Neigh­bours are sur­prised the youth han­gout did not catch fire ear­lier.

Fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors with the RCMP and Fire Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of last week’s blaze.

The house fire was the fourth call the Carbonear Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment has re­sponded to in the last cou­ple of weeks, where ar­son has been sus­pected, ac­cord­ing to Keith Thomas. Three brush fires on the south­side and a small for­est fire be­tween Clarke’s Road and Fox Farm Road this month were also sus­pi­cious in na­ture.

Bill Bow­man/The Com­pass

ABAN­DONED - Fire fight­ers from the Carbonear Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment kept enough wa­ter on this aban­doned house to keep the blaze in­side un­der con­trol and from spread­ing to nearby build­ings. The fire, which de­stroyed the Wa­ter Street East struc­ture, broke out around 2 a.m. Thurs­day, June 18. It was the fourth fire in Carbonear this month where ar­son is sus­pected. See the June 23 is­sue of The Com­pass for full story.

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