SURREY — Surrey firefighters suspect arson in the destruction of a house in Whalley early Friday morning.
But investigators have determined that the structure was too badly burned for them to be able to confirm how the blaze was started.
"Our investigation has turned up that it's an unknown," Deputy Fire Chief John Caviglia said Friday afternoon. "The fire destroyed the house too much to conduct an investigation and so the fire cause is unknown."
The abandoned house, at 10315 142nd St., near Cedar Grove Park, was all but burned to the ground just after midnight. A dozen firefighters fought the blaze. No one was injured.
Deputy Fire Chief Karen Fry said fires in abandoned houses are always considered to be suspicious simply because nobody is supposed to be in them.
"It's always suspicious until we can prove otherwise," she said.
On Friday morning Berinder Dhaliwal, owner of the house, was on site to survey the damage.
"It's just horrible," he said. "It's not a financial burden, it's just a hassle."
Dhaliwal said all the utilities had been cut off and the house was in the process of being demolished.
"It's going to be a townhouse complex," he said.
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