Cause of fatal North Vancouver apartment fire classified as ‘undetermined’

Narges Casnajad and her seven-year-old son Sepehr who couldn’t escape the deadly fire.

AFTER more than two months of comprehensive investigation into the cause of a fatal apartment complex fire on June 11 (view original press release) investigators have classified the cause of the fire as ‘undetermined’. A resident mother, Narges Casnajad, and her seven-year-old son Sepehr died in the fire.

Fire inspectors, from both the North Vancouver RCMP and the District of North Vancouver Fire Department, methodically went through the Whitley Court fire scene, examining all aspects of the fire. It was jointly determined by the inspectors that the causality of the early morning blaze remains ‘undetermined’.

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Investigators conducted a thorough scene examination – sifting through large volumes of fire debris. Both structural and electrical engineers were utilized to examine the site. Drone aerial photographs were taken to help assist in the investigation. Police conducted numerous neighbourhood inquiries and carefully reviewed local video surveillance footage searching for anything suspicious. Any potential evidence was sent to the lab for forensic examination. All information tips received from the public were investigated by the police.

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“To the family and friends of the mother and son who died in the fire, all first responders extend their condolences,” said Cpl. Richard De Jong. “Police investigators will keep this file open, and follow up on any new information that may come forward.”

If you have any information concerning this fire and have not spoken to the police you are asked to contact the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311. Reference file 2018-14620.