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Dawson Creek house fire sends one to hospital – UPDATE


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Video courtesy of Shaun Whynacht and the Northeast News

By Christine Rumleskie

Update: The Dawson Creek RCMP confirm that this fire began after a domestic dispute. Officers say a woman was assaulted by her husband. She was able to get out of the house, while the man remained inside. Officers noticed shortly after that smoke was billowing out of the building. Officers say the man deliberately set fire to the home to end his own life.

After 30 minutes of negotiations between the man and police officers, fire crews barged into the house and rescued the man.

RCMP officers are commending the work of one fire fighter in particular. Captain Al LaForge of the Dawson Creek Fire Department was part of the negotiation process. LaForge has been with the fire department for 35 years. Tuesday was LaForge’s final day of work before he left for retirement.


A house fire in Dawson Creek on Tuesday sent one person to hospital.

Dawson Creek Fire Chief Gordon ‘Shorty’ Smith says crews were called to the scene at around 11:45 on Tuesday morning.

One person was in the home, and was sent to hospital by ambulance.

Fire fighters continue to mop up the debris, located at 1201-10th Avenue.

Smith says no other homes were damaged as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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