Fatal Victoria fire investigation inconclusive

No hard evidence that fire started in a couch on the porch

Fire investigators can’t pinpoint what started a Feb. 16 fire which caused the death of three people.

But none of the surviving residents of the large character home at 1320 Johnson St. remember hearing smoke alarms sounding.

Investigators did confirm the fire began on the porch of the heritage home, but couldn’t say whether a couch fire from earlier in the evening was to blame.

The home’s older-style “balloon frame” construction meant the fire spread quickly to the upper level. The building had no fire-stops between floors, said fire Insp. Megan Sabell.

Emily Grace Morin, 20, Georgia Paige Klap, 22 and Mark Mitchell, 26 died as a result of the blaze.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

Just Posted

MISSING: Victoria woman Teci London

Victoria Police are looking for a 41-year old woman last seen on April 16

BC Ferries to pilot selling beer and wine on select routes

Drinks from select B.C. breweries and VQA wineries to be sold on Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route

Four Grizzlies players named for NHL draft

Newhook slated to be pick number 13 overall

Second cannabis dispensary earns Langford approval

The Original Farm Langford Ltd. plans to open in Belmont Market

Another busy day for BC Ferry passengers

First sailings to and from Swartz Bay full or nearly full

4 victims killed in Penticton shooting spree remembered at vigil

John Brittain, 68, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Short-circuit likely caused Notre Dame fire: police official

Investigators made an initial assessment of the cathedral but can’t yet search charred interior

Whitecaps fans stage walkout over club’s response to allegations against B.C. coach

Soccer coach has been suspended by Coastal FC since February

Contaminated soil to stay at contentious Shawnigan Lake site?

Reaction: “The community would lose their minds if this plan proceeds.”

B.C. awaits Kenney’s ‘turn off taps,’ threat; Quebec rejects Alberta pipelines

B.C. Premier John Horgan said he spoke with Kenney Wednesday and the tone was cordial

Snowbirds arrive on Vancouver Island for annual spring training

VIDEO: Acrobatic air team back in Comox for annual spring training

Vancouver Island restaurant among Canada’s most sustainable eateries

Locals in Courtenay only B.C. or small city establishment to make the top six list

Most Read