Motel fire results in fatality

Port McNeill

2023-12-05 10:43 PST

File # 2023-1730

The Port McNeill RCMP detachment is investigating a suspicious fire that resulted in a fatality at a local motel.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on December 5th at the Haida Way Inn, located in Port McNeill. It was initially reported to police as a disturbance, however, a fire inside one of the motel rooms was quickly discovered by scene witnesses. Port McNeill RCMP members quickly attended to clear the property while volunteer fire services in the area made efforts to contain the blaze. Police located the body of a deceased individual in the room where the fire was believed to have originated. Police are actively working to confirm the identity of the deceased, as well as identifying their next of kin. The BC Coroner Service, RCMP Island District General Investigation Section, RCMP Forensic Identification Services and an RCMP Fire Investigator will be assisting the Port McNeill RCMP with the investigation. The fire is being treated as suspicious until proven otherwise.

The Port McNeill RCMP would like to thank the local volunteer fire services for the quick and timely response to this incident, stated Corporal Spencer Mylymok. While it was tragic that one person lost their life, their efforts greatly contributed to a safe evacuation for other guests and staff at the establishment.

The Port McNeill RCMP are asking that anyone with information about this incident contact the detachment at 250-956-4441.

Released by

Cpl. Spencer Mylymok
Media Relations Officer
Port McNeill RCMP
2700 Haddington Cres, Port McNeill BC, V0N 2R0
Office: 250-956-4441


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