Arson suspected in Queen Charlotte cabin fire

Police are investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed a small wood cabin by Bearskin Bay on Oct. 26.

“We believe it was intentionally set,” says Sergeant Terry Gillespie of the Queen Charlotte RCMP.

“We would encourage anyone with information to come forward and let us know, or call Crime Stoppers.”

No one was injured in the fire, but the cabin and all its contents were destroyed.

The man who lived in the cabin, Mike Brown, had just passed away. Friends said the argillite carver had artworks and tools inside.

Queen Charlotte Fire Chief Larry Duke said the fire was called in by people who saw it while driving by the 900 block of Oceanview Drive around 9:15 p.m. Built on Crown land and subject to evictions over the years, the neighbourhood is also known as Hooterville.

Ten Queen Charlotte firefighters responded with two fire engines and a rescue truck. They quickly put the fire out, but the eight by 20-foot cabin was already fully engulfed in flames when they got there.

“Just due to the small size of it, it didn’t take long to be consumed,” Duke said.

Skidegate firefighters were also called in to provide backup, just in case the fire spread.

But because it was tucked between Oceanview Drive and the beach with only small brush around, Duke said the fire was contained to the cabin.

People with information about the fire can phone the local RCMP at 250-559-4429, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Duke said the way the fire call came in highlighted the fact that many islanders haven’t yet listed their local emergency numbers as ‘contacts’ on their cell phone.

Until Haida Gwaii gets 9-1-1 service, he said it’s worth taking a minute to list the local police, fire, ambulance, and hospital numbers.

“Get that in your phone, it always goes a little bit faster,” he said.

Queen Charlotte

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Citing stability, B.C. Premier calls snap election for Oct. 24

John Horgan meets with Lieutenant Governor to request vote

BC Timber Sales’ operations on the North Island and Central Coast to be audited

The Forest Practices Board randomly chose the region to check for compliance to legislation

BC Ferries Sailing Cancellations

Prince Rupert - Haida Gwaii - Northern Adventure

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 20 to 26

Rabbit Day, Hobbit Day and One-Hit Wonder Day are all coming up this week

Single-engine aircraft crashes near Telkwa

Two occupants of the plane sustained minor injuries and were transported to hospital

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. could be without a new leader for multiple weeks after Election Day: officials

More than 20K mail-in voting packages were requested within a day of B.C. election being called

Vancouver Island sailor stranded in U.S. hospital after suffering massive stroke at sea

Oak Bay man was attempting to circumnavigate the world solo

Majority needed to pass COVID-19 budget, B.C. premier says

John Horgan pushes urgent care centres in first campaign stop

Most Read