One dead in early morning fire in Wilson Creek

Sunshine Coast RCMP have confirmed one person is dead after a fire May 10 at a home in Wilson Creek.

The Sechelt Fire Department got called out to the home on Hupit Street in the shíshálh Nation lease lands around 3 a.m. and crews worked to battle the blaze until 8 a.m.

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RCMP arson investigators, the Sechelt Fire Department, and the BC Coroners Service are involved in the ongoing investigation.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time.

RCMP are asking neighbours or anyone else with information about the fire to contact the Sunshine Coast detachment at 604-885-2266.

The Friday morning fire was the eighth Sunshine Coast fire departments have responded to since April 27, including three other structure fires.

On April 30, fire severely damaged a home in Roberts Creek – the cause is listed as “undetermined” but not suspicious.

On May 2, an unoccupied mobile home on Chaster Road in Elphinstone, described by RCMP as “derelict,” was destroyed. RCMP said the fire was human caused, but not suspicious and remains under investigation.

On May 9, a fire caused by a smouldering cigarette in an outdoor planter left a residential unit at the Pier 17 building in Davis Bay uninhabitable and led to water damage at businesses in the building.

Of the four brush fires over that time, the most serious was a controlled burn that spread on April 30 in Halfmoon Bay, leading to the evacuation of eight homes.  Officials are still investigating, but confirmed earlier this week that the people conducting the burn did not have a permit.

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