Arson ruled out as cause of fire at Kamloops' Parkcrest elementary

Investigators continue in their search for what caused the Sept. 5 blaze that destroyed the Brocklehurst school

Kamloops Mounties have confirmed the fire that destroyed Parkcrest elementary last Thursday is not believed to be arson.

Police have now turned control of the scene back over to School District 73 and its associated insurance agents.

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“A very thorough scene investigation was completed,” Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk said. “This involved the use of heavy equipment contractors and was complemented by assistance from Kamloops Fire Rescue investigators.”

Buliziuk said information provided by witnesses and firefighters — and a combination of physical

evidence and known circumstances — led RCMP fire investigators to a ruling that the fire’s origin

is not suspicious in nature.

“This matter is a tragedy and affects many in our community; however, we are pleased to report

that this tragedy was not one caused by the intentional actions of any individual,” Buliziuk said.

“We wish the children and families affected by this fire the absolute best in their likely difficult transition and adaptation to new educational circumstances,”

The exact cause of the fire — be it mechanical, electrical or otherwise — remains under investigation this week by the insurance company with the assistance of Kamloops Fire Rescue.

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