Carson Road fire has "undetermined" start

Shara JJ Cooper
By Shara JJ Cooper
May 2nd, 2014

After an investigation, Grand Forks Fire Rescue (GFFR) say that the house on Carson Road that burned to the ground last Sunday has an official “undetermined” status. Initially, investigators thought the fire was suspicious and may have been a result of arson.

“There were a couple of indicators that it could be suspicious,” said GFFR Fire Chief Dale Heriot, adding that the clues were in the burn patterns.

GFFR was called to the scene at 10:20 Sunday evening and the house was already fully involved. Firefighters are not sure how long the building had been involved, although some firefighters had been in the area an hour earlier and didn’t notice anything.

The initial knockdown took up to an hour and they left between 3 and 3:30 a.m. The roof of the two-story building had collapsed into the basement and caused some “hot, smoking” areas that needed attending again in the morning.

“We dug it up and put water on it,” said Heriot.

 The house was empty at the time of the fire, said Heriot, speculating that the owners might have been doing some work on it. No one was injured.


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