A fire that engulfed a downtown Chilliwack home early Wednesday morning is being investigated as suspicious. Firefighters responded to the blaze on Henderson Avenue near Cook Street just after midnight after a 9-1-1 call from a neighbour.
By the time crews arrived, the house was fully involved.
"Right now we're working with the RCMP on the investigation," Chilliwack Fire Chief Ian Josephson told the Times. "It's not considered accidental.
Based on extensive damage, officials believe the fire started in the main-floor living room.
The house had been occupied by tenants until about 3 p.m. on the afternoon before the fire, according Josephson.
"Either they were in the middle of moving their stuff or they were totally moved out. We're not exactly sure," he said.
While the police have become involved, Josephson said a full criminal investigation is not yet underway.
"We're still fact gathering; we're still trying to contact the owner and talk to him and find out who his tenants were," he said.
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