January 4, 2016 5:43 pm

Fredericton house fire was burning well before crews arrived: official

A fire official says a blaze that claimed a home near Woodstock Road on New Year's Eve was likely burning for some time before crews arrived.

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FREDERICTON – Officials say a fire that claimed a home near Woodstock Road on New Year’s Eve was likely burning for a long time before crews were able to reach it.

Fredericton Fire assistant deputy chief David McKinley said the fire had “a big head start” due to weather conditions and the home’s location before it was first reported around 8:15 a.m. on Thursday.

“Nobody discovered the fire until there was a heavy and thick-enough smoke to rise up from the fog and [it could] be seen a kilometre from the highway,” he said.

Investigators determined the cause of the fire was electrical, but have not yet determined where it started.

The home will be demolished due to extensive structural damage after the investigation is complete.

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