Fires strike du­plexes

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

A sec­ond du­plex in the Her­itage neigh­bour­hood has been the vic­tim of a fire in as many days.

At about 6:30 p.m. on Tues­day, Prince Ge­orge Fire Res­cue crews from three halls were called to the 200 block of McIn­tyre Cres­cent af­ter one of the homes’ oc­cu­pants heard the smoke alarm, ex­ited the build­ing and called 911.

Fire­fight­ers found smoke com­ing from one side of the two-storey build­ing. The fire was quickly ex­tin­guished but not be­fore about $75,000 dam­age was done, PGFR said.

There were no in­juries.

“This fire ap­pears to have started in the lower level bed­room, the cause is un­de­ter­mined and un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” as­sis­tant chief John Law said.

The event oc­curred the day af­ter a fire wreaked about $100,000 worth of dam­age to a du­plex in the 4300 block of First Av­enue.

Called to the scene shortly be­fore 1 p.m., Prince Ge­orge Fire Res­cue fire­fight­ers found smoke and flames com­ing from a back cor­ner of the older, sin­gle-storey build­ing but were able to quickly ex­tin­guish the flames.

Two peo­ple were at home in the unit next to the one where the fire orig­i­nated and were evac­u­ated safely.

No ob­vi­ous sign of how the fire started was found and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of that fire has been handed over to Prince Ge­orge RCMP.

“We will be look­ing for any ev­i­dence that can de­ter­mine the cause of the fire and whether some­one was crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble,” Cpl. Craig Dou­glass said.

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