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Investigation into deadly fire finds no exact cause, but smoke alarm was shut off

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Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire investigators have wrapped up their investigation into a blaze that killed a 7-year-old boy. Dominik Ambrose David Billy died at BC Children’s Hospital the day after a fire at 361 Albert Street on Nov 29.

Chief Fire Prevention Officer Ennis Mond says they were able to determine where the fire started, but not how.

Mond says there was an electrical socket behind the upholstered chair where the fire started, but it wasn’t damaged. He says the investigation also found that the smoke alarm in the second floor apartment had been turned off.

Mond says they have no idea who shut it off or when. The results of the investigation have been turned over to the BC Coroners Service.

He says people should test their smoke alarms at least twice a year.

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