Christmas Eve fire destroys vacant Wildwood home

A Christmas Eve fire is under investigation after a vacant home at 185 Hickory Rd. in Wildwood was completely destroyed.

  • Dec. 27, 2011 8:00 a.m.

A Christmas Eve fire is under investigation after a vacant home at 185 Hickory Rd. in Wildwood was completely destroyed.

The Williams Lake RCMP say there is no evidence suggesting it was a suspicious fire.

Wildwood Volunteer fire chief Bawnie Ward said the volunteer fire department received a call about the fire just before 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, along with the Williams Lake RCMP, Ambulance and Fire Department, who all responded.

When crews arrived, the home was already filled with smoke and windows were glowing bright red.

“We found out later in the evening that it was a neighbour that had called,” Ward said.

“We knew the house from a previous owner saying it was dangerous to enter so we didn’t,” Ward said, adding the safety of the fire fighters always comes first.

According to RCMP Sgt. Richard Lebeuf it was the home’s poor floor conditions that were of concern.

“The house had been vacant for approximately three months,” Lebeuf said.






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