Firefighters arrive at the scene of a blaze on Grieve Road in North Cowichan on Christmas Day. The BC Coroners Service has confirmed that someone died in the fire. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Fatality confirmed in Christmas Day fire in North Cowichan

BC Coroners Service is investigating death in early-morning blaze

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed that a Christmas Day fire on Grieve Road in North Cowichan was fatal.

“We are in the early stages to determine all of the facts, with no further details to release at this time,” the Coroners Service said in an email to the Cowichan Valley Citizen. “As per the Coroners Act, we cannot confirm or release identification.”

The fire destroyed a house at the corner of Grieve Road and Westview Street in North Cowichan. Firefighters from the South End and Maple Bay halls responded just after 9 a.m. to find the house fully engulfed in flames.

The South End and Crofton fire departments were called out to a separate scene on Quamichan Park Road within minutes of arriving at the Grieve Road fire. In that case, the fire was contained to a chimney.

The Citizen has reached out to North Cowichan’s fire and bylaw services and the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP for more information.

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