Cause of Fatheads fire now appears suspicious

Debris litters the exterior of Fatheads Coffee Co. after a fire early Saturday at the 15th Street business. - richard rolke/morning star
Debris litters the exterior of Fatheads Coffee Co. after a fire early Saturday at the 15th Street business.
— image credit: richard rolke/morning star

The investigation into a Vernon fire isn't that clearcut after all.

Vernon Fire Department officials had stated that the blaze that destroyed Fatheads Coffee Co. Saturday was electrical in nature, but they now indicate that may not be the case.

“We got some new evidence over the last few days that makes it possibly suspicious,” said Lawrie Skolrood, deputy fire chief.

“The RCMP are now involved. This has taken it from electrical to a possible other outcome. The investigation is continuing.”

Skolrood would not elaborate on what new evidence has come to the attention of the department, or how long the investigation may take to complete.

“These things can be drawn out,” he said.

Firefighters were called to the 2500 block of 15th Street at about midnight Saturday.

On Tuesday, Skolrood had said that the fire was in the middle of the building and some electrical cables had caused an arc.

Look for more details in Friday's Morning Star.


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