Parents of Granisle fire victim waiting for answers

Larry and Eleanor Carlson are looking for answers after their son Duane, 46, died alone in an April 27 fire in Granisle.

Larry and Eleanor Carlson are looking for answers after their son Duane, 46, died alone in a trailer fire just three doors down from their own home in Granisle.

Police ruled the fire accidental.

Duane leaves behind three children, ages 1, 4, and 9, who live with their mother in Houston.

Larry Carlson says he doubts his son’s woodstove is to blame for the fire that started April 27 around 6 a.m.

“The thing is, he’s been around woodstoves since he was as tall as a wood stove,” Carlson said, noting that neighbours who phoned 911 that morning also saw no smoke rising from Duane’s chimney.

Carlson, a former Kitsault fire chief, says scorch marks around the wiring going to Duane’s trailer suggest the fire was electrical.

“The line going to the trailer was very, very tight,” he said. “Duane used to complain. He said, ‘Dad, when the wind blows, I can hear it pulling on the trailer and screeching.’”

A fire commissioner and a coroner are still investigating, but said Duane most likely died from inhaling fire smoke.

His body was found 15 feet from the trailer door, with his dog’s body lying in a running position just behind him.

“The fire commissioner said that’s all it takes,” Carlson said. “You get a deep breath of that and then you want to suck more because you’re not getting any oxygen.”

Duane had both fire and carbon monoxide alarms installed, but his parents say he was extra vulnerable to inhaling smoke because he had no sense of smell.

Back in Kitsault, when Duane was just eight or nine years old, Larry Carlson recalls what that lack of smell meant for the family laundry.

“He caught this great big salmon and was hugging it— he’d stink like heck and his mom would say, ‘Hey, you smell!’”

“She washed his clothes, but every time she ironed them you could smell that damn fish,” he said, laughing.

“But he was so proud.”

 

Just Posted

Kitimat resident is Conservative choice for fall election

Claire Rattée is a former Kitimat councillor

One in critical condition after train hits grader near Smithers

The collision occurred at the Lawson Road crossing in the rural community of Quick

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Province announces $100-million grant funding for Northwest communities

The Northern Capital and Planning Grant will go to four regional districts and 22 municipalities

Happy anniversary Chia’s Dream Closet

Chia’s dream Closet celebrated their first year anniversary last week. Owner, Chia… Continue reading

‘Riya was a dreamer’: Mother of slain 11-year-old Ontario girl heartbroken

Her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was arrested some 130 kilometres away

Market volatility, mortgages loom over upcoming earnings of Canada’s big banks

Central bank interest hikes have padded the banks’ net interest margins

Hearings into SNC-Lavalin affair start today, but not with Wilson-Raybould

She has repeatedly cited solicitor-client privilege to refuse all comment

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Tilray to acquire hemp food company Manitoba Harvest for up to $419 million

Tilray will pay $150 million in cash and $127.5 million in stock.

Tears, flowers at impromptu memorial for Syrian children killed in Halifax fire

The family had only lived in the Quartz Drive home for a few months

NDP candidates push for stronger climate action as Singh supports LNG Canada

Singh has tried to project unity in the party while facing internal criticism for poor fundraising and low support in the polls

Rod Taylor reflects on 2019 federal election

The Christian Heritage Party is aiming to run 100 candidates in upcoming election

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

Most Read