Police report Topley home burned to the ground

Topley Volunteer Fire Chief Byron Sketchley says the building was totally engulfed in flames when the fire crew arrived.

A home in Topley burned to the ground on Jan. 4, but the owner was gone during the fire and no one was injured.

A home in Topley burned to the ground on Jan. 4, but the owner was gone during the fire and no one was injured.

A home was burned to the ground in a fire on Fisher Road in Topley at 11:42 p.m. Jan. 4. Sgt. Rose says no one was injured in the fire.

Topley Volunteer Fire Chief Byron Sketchley says the building was totally engulfed in flames when the fire crew arrived.

As they drove up to the house, Sketchley says all they could see was a huge glow.

“The building was totally destroyed… a little bit of the wall was standing and that was about it. The roof had already caved in and the walls were gone,” he said.

Sketchley says a neighbour saw the glow and called it in, and the fire crew – nine volunteer fire fighters and three trucks – fought the fire for three hours before it was out.

The owner who was living there at the time was gone when the fire started, and everything was destroyed, including a vehicle parked in the garage and an RV parked beside the house, but Sketchley says they did have insurance.

Sketchley says the cause of the fire is still undetermined.

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A male locked himself out of his home on Hagman Cres. at 8:17 p.m. Jan. 2. RCMP Sergeant Rose says the male was able to contact his spouse who provided keys.

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Police arrested a female on Lazelle Street at 6:20 p.m. Jan. 3. Sgt. Rose says the female was wanted by the Prince George RCMP for driving while prohibited and she faces charges in Smithers court Jan. 6.

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Police arrested a wanted male on Pearson Road at 8:58 p.m. Jan. 3. Sgt. Rose says the male was on warrant from Prince George for assault with a weapon and was held for court Jan. 6.

Police also found the male had a small amount of a substance believed to be cocaine, which was sent away for analysis.

If confirmed to be cocaine, the male will also face charges for breaching conditions.

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Someone kicked in the door and damaged items in the old museum school house on Benson Ave. during the night before Jan. 6.  Sgt. Rose furniture was overturned and several sets of Christmas lights were stolen and anyone with information is asked to contact Houston RCMP at 250-845-2204 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Police stopped a vehicle with expired insurance on Hagman Cres. at 1:33 a.m. Jan. 5. Sgt. Rose says police issued a ticket to the driver and arrested an intoxicated passenger who failed to listen to police. The male was lodged in cells, released when sober and charged for being drunk in public.

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Police got report of mischief to the Canada Post mailboxes on Barrett Hat Road at 11:47 a.m. Jan. 6. Sgt. Rose says someone had tried to pry several boxes open and damage was estimated at $500. Police are investigating the file and anyone with information is asked to contact Houston RCMP at 250-845-2204 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Police put down an injured moose on Highway 118 at 3:35 a.m. Jan. 7. Sgt. Rose says police suspect it was hit by a vehicle, but have not received any reports of a collision.

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A pick-up truck hit the ditch on Buck Flats Road at 3 a.m. Jan. 8. Sgt. Rose says the driver was not injured but the vehicle was completely destroyed. The driver was issued a ticket for speeding relative to conditions.

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In the past seven days, police have dealt with seven other traffic complaints and one false alarm.

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The RCMP is running an accelerated hiring process with registration due Jan. 16.

The entrance exam, physical, interview and polygraph are fit into six months, rather then the typical year to year and a half.

Anyone interested can contact Constable Wade MacDonald at (250) 649-4009.

 

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