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    At the same time as this fire happened there was another fire, fully involved. If I can find the story I'll post it. The union reps here are now fighting for higher staffing ratios, because instead of the 6 Engines they should have had for the highrise they only had 2, and a couple rescues. I apologize for the photos, being posted as seperately, I came across them after posting this msg.

    Blast possibly a murder-suicide

    With reporting by Marisa Taylor and Anna Gebauer, BCTV
    Global BC - canada.com

    Tuesday, September 03, 2002

    The blast, which woke neighbours up and down the street, killed a couple who were in the basement. Their two children and the grandparents escaped uninjured. (Global BC)

    A gas leak was initially suspected, but a murder investigation appears to have been launched. The cause of the blast remains unknown.

    Fire crews were stretched as an earlier East Vancouver fire damaged two businesses and residential suites in the 2500 block of Kingsway. No injuries were reported in that blaze.

    Mystery surrounds a violent explosion and fire on Vancouver's East Side that has killed the parents of two young children.

    The explosion rocked the basement of a home on East 45th and Battiston where two bodies, believed to be the parents of 12-year-old Amber Lee and her brother Alex, were found.

    The children and their grandparents escaped unharmed.

    With evidence that an accelerant may have been used, it appears the explosion may not have been an accident.

    The explosion happened around 5 a.m. Tuesday. The force of it was enough to blow the windows and their frames right off the house and shake the stucco off the exterior walls. Neighbours say they smelled gasoline.

    BCTV News on Global has been told the deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide. The news organization was told a gas can was found next to the woman's body, which, along with another body, was located in a crawl space in the basement.

    Officially, Police have not confirmed that information. But police have said that the explosion was not caused by natural gas, but by some other accelerant.

    "There is some early stage evidence at this point that there could well have been an accelerant used in this particular fire," said Vancouver police detective Scott Driemel.

    Fire officials at first suspected a gas leak, and evacuated several nearby homes. But late Tuesday morning a homicide team and dogs were called in.

    Amber and Alex Lee are now orphaned. They were supposed to start school Tuesday, but instead they are receiving trauma counselling.

    The investigation into the deadly fire continues, and canada.com will update this story as more information becomes available.

    Copyright BCTV News on Global, CanWest Interactive
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