RCMP are hoping to hear from witnesses to the suspicious fire that broke out on New Year's Eve on Morrow Road in Agassiz.

New Year’s Eve blaze in Agassiz suspicious

Five residents rebuilding after losing everything in Agassiz fire

A family who lost everything in a New Year’s Eve fire is trying to rebuild what they lost.

The fire broke out at about 12:20 a.m., January 1, shortly after New Year’s celebrations were ending in Agassiz. It is believed the fire started in the garage of the Morrow Road bungalow, said Fire Chief Wayne Dyer. All the occupants managed to get out of the house, after seeing smoke from the garage, and no one was injured in the blaze.

Then, onlookers watched helplessly as the house was engulfed in flames.

“The blaze was huge, with at least one very loud explosion,” said Jackie Perry. She was among a group of seniors who had gathered at the Friendship House for New Year’s celebrations. That recreation centre sits almost directly behind the house that caught fire.

The group at the Friendship House had just finished singing Auld Lang Syne when someone spotted large flames, Perry said.

By the time they had gotten out the door, fire crews were already busy dousing the flames.

Since the fire, friends and family have taken to facebook, searching for items to be donated to the five residents affected by the fire. Among them are two children (a boy and a girl) and their mother, her boyfriend, and a roommate.

The facebook page, titled Friends in Need… House fire on New Years, has resulted in a few donations, including beds, assorted furniture, clothing and some small items.

RCMP and Chief Dyer say the fire is suspicious and is currently under investigation.

There was another alleged crime in the same approximate time and location that night, but police say they have no reason to believe the two incidents are related. Shortly after midnight, also on Morrow, a woman reported being beaten by two men.

With so many people awake and active just after midnight that night, RCMP are hoping someone will come forward with information about either crime.

Editor’s Note: This story has been update from its original version, based on clarifications made through comments below.

 

Just Posted

Enrolment, EA increases make for no surprises in updated school district budget

The budget reflects changes that were made after recieving provincial funds in December

Agassiz Community Gardens hoping to find new home at old McCaffrey school

The society has been looking for a new location since its previous gardens were sold in October

Kent looking to replace Ferny Coombe pool with indoor facility

The facility being built is dependent on grant funding from the province and federal government

Escape room brings ‘out of the box’ activity to Agassiz

AESS alumni and teacher developed the concept to bring teamwork-based entertainment to the town

Prices still rising, Chilliwack real estate back in balanced territory

Local market is steadier compared to points west with higher increase in average sale price

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Manure company causing ‘toxic’ stink at Abbotsford school seeks permit

Property across from King Traditional Elementary cannot operate manure facility without permit

Vancouver city council endorses free transit for youth

Mayor Kennedy Stewart will write a support letter to TransLink

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples

Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and other couples struggle with tough decisions

BREAKING: Jury finds man accused of killing B.C. girl, 12, guilty

Twelve-year-old Monica Jack disappeared in May 1978 while riding her bike along a highway in Merritt, B.C.

B.C. government extends coastal log export rules for six months

Premier John Horgan promises reform at loggers’ convention

Most Read