Little remains of the Abbot Drive house now after the second fire in four months razed the property. Ronan O’Doherty photo

Arson to blame for house fire on Abbot Drive, says fire chief

This is the second fire in four months on the West Quesnel property

Arson is assumed to be the cause of a fire that burned what remained of a house in West Quesnel early Monday morning (Sept. 16).

Quesnel Fire Chief Sylvain Gauthier says the fire department responded to a structure fire at 878 Abbot Dr. shortly after two o’clock in the morning.

“Upon arrival, the structure was fully engulfed,” he says.

“We had 16 members respond to fight the fire, and we were on scene for approximately four and a half hours until the fire was out.”

This is the second fire on the property in the last four months.

The first made the house all but inhabitable, but the frame was still standing. The latest blaze turned the house — and everything left in it — into a pile of charcoal.

Gauthier says the department is sure this was not an accident.

“Oh yes, that one is arson,” he says. “There is no power and no gas to the building, so it is kind of hard for a fire to start with no power.”

When asked what will be done with the property that has caused the fire department some headaches this summer, Gauthier says it is up to the City of Quesnel and property owner to figure out a solution. As of publishing time, the City has not responded to request for comment.

READ MORE: No one injured in fire on Abbot Drive this morning



editor@quesnelobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Fall at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market

The second-to-last outdoor market of the season featured the annual Giant Pumpkin Contest

Quesnel Community Living Association launches Empties 4 Abilities program

There are three new donation bins around the community

Quesnel Grade 8 girls bump, set and spike in Prince George

QJS sent two teams up north to a play day on Sept. 28

Barrel racing bonanza at Quesnel’s Alex Fraser Park

Perfect conditions graced the first Quesnel Fall Spring Series race

Career fair a success for many

700 job hunters visited the Black Press Extreme Education and career fair in Prince George Oct. 11

VIDEO: Langley woman’s security camera records its own theft

Langley family discovers early morning grab was recorded

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Share crash data, private insurers tell David Eby, ICBC

B.C. monopoly makes drivers retrieve their own records

B.C. VIEWS: Wolf kill, not backcountry bans, saving caribou

B.C.’s largest herds turn the corner from extinction

Pearson nets shootout winner as Canucks clip Flyers 3-2

Vancouver picks up second straight home win

Map on Elections Canada website sends Nanaimo-Ladysmith voters to landfill

Address for polling station correct, but Google Map address differs

BC Children’s Hospital launches 2 new virtual care sites bringing total to 19 across province

Provincial initiative allows pediatric patients to see health specialists through video

‘Wham-bam out the door’: Surrey man’s front yard left ruined by scamming landscaper

Resident warns neighbours to be careful of door-to-door salesmen

Most Read