A vacant house on the Binche Reserve burned to the ground on August 31.
While the Tl’azt’en Fire Department was called, no one was reportedly available to respond to the fire, which it is estimated took place between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m..
RCMP were also called to the fire at 6:45 a.m. and said the house, which had been abandoned for years, was boarded up prior to the fire.
They have no evidence to further investigate.
Tl’azt’en administration did not immediately return calls for information on the fire and the response from their fire department.
Josh Hallman, Binche Separation Committee chair, said, the incident reinforces Binche’s reasons for wanting to separate and be able to rely on the local community. Hallman said he wants to see a fire truck in Binche instead of one which has to respond from Tache and will continue to ask Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada for this.