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One dead, three injured as a result of Saturday house fire; cause under investigation

One man has died as a result of a fire at a residence on Chilako Drive Saturday evening and police are investigating the cause of the blaze.

At about 9:15 p.m. Saturday emergency services, including the Prince George RCMP, received a report of an explosion and subsequent fire at the residence.

Officers arrived within minutes and found the house fully engulfed in flames. Officers provided emergency care to the injured and evacuated nearby residences.

Four men were transported to hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the fire. It is believed that everyone made it out of the residence, however one dog did not survive.

A 40-year-old Prince George man died in hospital as a result of the fire. The three others are expected to survive.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and therefore the scene has been secured. Witnesses and video evidence indicate the occupants of the residence were handling large quantities of gasoline.  This morning, RCMP fire investigators will be on scene with members of the RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section to gather evidence to help determine whether this incident was criminal in nature.

This residence is well known to police and has been the subject of police investigations in the past. Further updates will be provided as the investigation develops.

Anyone with information or video related to this incident is urged to call the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300.

If you have any information about this or any other Criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.  If you provide information that leads to an arrest, seizure of illicit drugs or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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