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RCMP probe of Lytton fire continues

Dawn Roberts, director in charge of B.C. RCMP communications, said the police investigation continues to determine if the fire was linked to possible criminality
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On June 30, 2021, a fire roared through Lytton, destroying up to 90 per cent of the village.

While the Transportation Safety Board’s investigation has found no evidence to link the devastating June 30 fire in Lytton to railway activity, the RCMP’s probe of the blaze continues.

The police investigation includes damage to the village and to neighbouring Indigenous communities.

Dawn Roberts, director in charge of B.C. RCMP communications, said the police investigation continues to determine if the fire was linked to possible criminality.

“We are mindful of the other investigations that are focusing on determine the cause and origin and looking at compliance or regulatory impacts,” Roberts said in a statement.

“The RCMP is aware of the Transportation Safety Board’s investigative findings and we continue to advance our investigation, while also working closely with the BC Wildfire Service.”

Roberts said significant progress has been made in the investigation with respect to witness statements, interviews and the collection of both physical and digital forensic evidence that continues to be analyzed.

Roberts said Mounties do not have a timeline on how much longer the investigation will take, noting it remains a priority.

Anyone who has not yet spoken to police and may have information is asked to call the Southeast District RCMP tip/information line at 250-470-6222.

The June 30 fire was reported at 4:48 p.m. and quickly spread through the village of 250 people, engulfing almost all buildings and forcing hundreds of residents to flee with the clothes on their backs. Two people died in the inferno. The blaze occurred during a record-breaking heat wave, with Lytton setting a new all-time Canadian high temperature mark of 49.6 C that day before.

Some residents have said that believe the fire was caused by sparks from a passing train and a class-action lawsuit against CN Rail and CP Rail was being proposed.