Potato chip fire deemed suspicious

Firefighters were called to MTF Price Matters Monday at 11:25 a.m.

A suspicious fire is being investigated at a Vernon business.

Firefighters were called to MTF Price Matters Monday at 11:25 a.m.

“The potato chip display was on fire,” said Lawrie Skolrood.

“We have a real good idea of what happened but we can’t prove it. Chips don’t self-combust and there was no ignition source nearby. We are certainly considering it suspicious.”

Store staff and customers were able to keep the blaze from spreading before firefighters arrived on scene.

“My hat is off to the fire department and my staff for their quick response,” said Norm Dyck, MTF owner.

“The staff were able to evacuate everyone out of the store.”

While the circumstances appear unusual, this isn’t the first time Skolrood has heard of a potato chip fire.

“The oil in chips burns well and certain brands burn better than others,” he said.

The fire destroyed a couple of displays at MTF, but the more significant issue was smoke.

It’s not known when the store will reopen.

“We want to be open soon but there’s minor smoke damage and we need to get the building cleaned,” said Jim Bolwell, MTF manager.

“We will be back up and running as soon as we can.”