Charges are pending related to an explosion and fire that happened in a Gulch home earlier this year. (Times file photo)

Charges pending in Rossland Avenue house explosion, fire

Sgt. Mike Wicentowich said the cause will be publicly disclosed in a few weeks

Charges are pending in the case of a Rossland Avenue house that exploded in fire earlier this year.

Story here: Police deem house explosion suspicious in nature

Story here: Man seriously burned in house fire

But that’s all that the Greater Trail RCMP are revealing for now.

“The cause of the explosion and fire has been determined,” Sgt. Mike Wicentowich told the Trail Times. “And will be disclosed publicly in the coming weeks.”

An ongoing police investigation led to the execution of a search warrant in the burnt out home on June 1.

Numerous pieces of evidence were seized that day, though police will not reveal what that evidence was.

Police officially deemed the explosion and fire as “suspicious” in a June 5 news release.

Since then, however, the RCMP have been quiet about the incident, which caused severe burns to a male occupant, 42.

“The case is still under investigation,” Wicentowich said Thursday. “Charges are forthcoming.”

The property, located at 459 Rossland Avenue, has been under security watch by an insurance agency since the May 25 fire.

A contractor is now on site demolishing what’s left of the structure.

The fire department and FortisBC were called to the residence this week when a piece of heavy equipment inadvertently hit a gas line during tear-down.



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