Smart meter not to blame for fire

a fire began in the 2200 block of 53rd Avenue Aug. 13 when there was a fault in the electrical feed to one of the residences

More details are known about a blaze that destroyed two Vernon homes this summer.

It has been determined that a fire began in the 2200 block of 53rd Avenue Aug. 13 when there was a fault in the electrical feed to one of the residences.

“It shorted against the (electrical) box and caused the fire,” said Lawrie Skolrood, Vernon deputy fire chief.

The cause of the fault has not been determined because of the extensive damage.

While there was some speculation that a smart meter may be involved in the fire, that has been ruled out.

“There is no evidence that way whatsoever,” said Skolrood.

It’s believed the fire caused about $1.2 million in damages to both homes, which were insured.