Three charged with burning house
Fourth fire in Carbonear where arson suspected
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.
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.