September 5, 2014 12:04 am

Fire tears through Toronto Street home connected to recent homicide

A fire ripped through a Regina home connected to the city’s fifth homicide, Thursday night.

Kael Donnelly / Global News

REGINA – A fire ripped through a home connected to the city’s fifth homicide, Thursday night.

Fire crews arrived to the 1600 block of Toronto Street at about 9:40 p.m., where the vacant and boarded up house was in flames.

Investigators say there are no reported injuries, though they are treating the incident as suspicious.

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Deputy Fire Chief Gerard Kay said, “They’ll basically dig out the area that they suspect where the fire started, and look for anything suspicious, and then start to rule out electrical, gas, or anything that was left. With the house being vacant for a month, they’ll have to go through and make sure they can rule all that out.”

Seven people were charged with murder after the body of 54-year-old Shawn Roderick Douglas was found northeast of the city three weeks ago.

Leslie Parker of the Regina Police Service said the fire does not affect their investigation.

“In order to lay charges police gather evidence, and the evidence was gathered while the scene was held. Now that the scene has been released it really doesn’t matter what happens after that,” said Parker.

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