Distributed April 12, 2016 1:13 PM
Cause of downtown structure fire determined to be electrical
Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire investigators have concluded their investigation into the March 30th structure fire at 10 Commercial Street. The cause of the fire is determined to be electrical in nature beginning in a void space between the first and second floors near the centre of the building. While there were reports of a power disruption in the downtown area on the afternoon of the fire, investigators do not believe it was a contributing factor and they are classifying this fire as accidental.
Working with the property owner, insurers and tenants, four Nanaimo fire investigators spent several days collecting physical evidence from the structure and several more days conducting interviews and analyzing results.
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- The cause of the fire is determined to be electrical in nature.
- The fire started in a void between the first and second floors.
- A power disruption in the downtown area is not believed to be a factor in the cause of the fire.