Alan Millbank

Alan Millbank

Digging for clues

NANAIMO – Fire gutted a house on Eaton Street in south Nanaimo Thursday night.

Alan Millbank, Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officer, digs through debris to find the cause of a fire that gutted a house at 844 Eaton St.

Firefighters were called out shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday and found the house fully ablaze.

The house had been abandoned and boarded up, but several people who’d taken up residence there were not home at the time of the fire.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the blaze, which gutted the structure, or whether it was suspicious in nature.