MURRAY CORNER, NB - The RCMP is still investigating the cause of a house fire that left one Murray Corner woman homeless in late summer.
Around 2 a.m. on August 8 Chyrl Fields was asleep at her home on Route 955 when she was awakened by her cat jumping onto the bed with her. It was then that she noticed, through a window, a yellow glow outside on her deck and was able to get herself and her cat out of the house without injury. The building was soon completely engulfed in flames.
Fields managed to call 911 and fire departments from Port Elgin and Bayfield/Cape Tormentine were soon at the scene, however they were unable to save the structure. Although about half of the house was still standing, extensive fire and water damage rendered the building inhabitable and it has since been completely demolished.
Sgt. Jamie Graves of the Sackville RCMP said Monday that the investigation into the fire is still ongoing.
“An arrest was made; one subject has been released and we’re still looking for anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers or contact any local detachment. It is still an active investigation, but no charges have been laid,” Graves said.
The Red Cross provided assistance for several days but since that time Fields has been living in a small travel trailer at the rear of her property. The house was not insured.
“You know, you live on a small pension and there’s not enough to pay for things like house insurance. You just hope nothing will happen,” Fields said just after the fire.
At that time she also said she believed that the fire had been started intentionally by an unknown person or persons but she didn’t know why anyone would do something like that to her.
The office of the provincial fire marshal was also at the scene promptly, taking samples for analysis. Shortly thereafter RCMP launched the investigation into the incident.
Any persons who may have any information pertaining to the incident are asked to call their local RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
When contacting Crime Stoppers, callers do not have to give their names; they are instead given a code number which is used in all subsequent calls. A reward of up to $2,000 is offered to anyone providing information which leads to an arrest for a crime.