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RCMP investigating two areas over possible cause of fire that destroyed Lytton, B.C.

The Canadian Press
RCMP investigating two areas over possible cause of fire that destroyed Lytton, B.C.

LYTTON, B.C. – Investigators in British Columbia have zeroed in on two areas of interest for the cause of a fire that razed the village of Lytton.

RCMP say in a news release that investigators completed a “fulsome search” of an area near Lytton that is about one kilometre in radius.

They say a two-kilometre radius in the nearby community of Boston Bar was also searched where physical and digital forensic evidence was collected and witnesses were interviewed.

Police say the investigation now focuses on a parking lot and park area that provides access to a foot and rail bridge across the Fraser River, looking for all movements of people, vehicle and train traffic around the time the fire started on June 30.

Mounties say the Transportation Safety Board investigation into the possibility that a freight train set off the fire is a separate probe, running parallel to the RCMP search for a cause.

Two people were killed in the Lytton fire and all others reported missing have been found, although the RCMP says it’s aware that there may be people unaccounted for and they’re asking the public to report anyone missing.

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