Sunday, February 6, 2011

Years later, the Brooks Bank fire continues to haunt the city

It's a tragic anniversary for Prince Rupert, 21 years having passed since a downtown fire claimed the lives of four family members living in the Brooks Bank building.

The three storey structure located across from the  Totem Theatre was the scene of an early morning blaze on February 5th, 1990, one of many suspicious fires that had struck the downtown core in that era.

When fire investigators examined the Brooks Bank structure after the blaze was put out they made the tragic discovery of Helga Rochon and three members of her family, daughters Sherri and Pauline and grand daughter Kimberly but seven months old.

With those events still on the minds of many in the city, the RCMP has once again issued a call for assistance as they seek to gain more information on one of this city's saddest of days.

CFTK provided this video report on the call for assistance

The review of the cold case files was the subject of media reviews both near and far, some of which can be found below.

CFTK TV-- Prince Rupert RCMP hoping to solve 21 year old Quadruple homicide
Opinion 250-- New leads sought in Prince Rupert Cold Case
Toronto Sun-- BC cops looking for help in 21 year old homicide
Vancouver Sun-- Police ask for help solving 21 year old quadruple homicide
Vancouver Province-- 1990 Prince Rupert fire haunts dad

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