Cause of Fall River house fire not found

The charred remains of the house on Arthur Joseph Drive in Fall River on the late morning of Sept. 25. (Healey file photo)

FALL RIVER: Fire investigators have been unable to determine the cause of a house fire on Sept. 25 that left a Fall River family homeless.

The fire at 62 Arthur Joseph Drive in Fall River (Tamarac Subdivision) saw about 28 firefighters on scene from Station 45 (Fall River); Station 41 (Waverley); Station 43 (Grand Lake); Station 42 (Wellington); Station 48 (Beaver Bank); Station 9 (Metropolitan, Sackville); 9 Alpha (volunteers, Sackville); Station 10 (Lower Sackville); and Station 8 (Bedford). Division Commander 4; District Captain 4; Division 3; Rehab, HRM Logistics; and Fire Investigations unit were also there.

The family managed to escape uninjured; however, they were unsure of the whereabouts of their rescue kitty Jake, who they only got from the SPCA in June. Thanks to volunteers from the community and a cat rescue volunteer they did manage to catch Jake the Cat a few days after the fire. He was located at the home, on the roof.

In its summary report, fire investigators said they could not determine the ignition source of the fire, but that the area of origin for the fire was the deck.

“The cause of this fire is classified as undetermined,” fire investigators said in their report, posted on the HRM Fire Investigations website.

The community has already begun to rally to help get the family back on their feet as quickly as possible with the cold winter months ahead.