Mounties have launched an investigation after a toxic environment in northern British Columbia created an unacceptable risk for the public.
More than 300 residents were evacuated from their homes and four people died after a wildfire tore through the community.
It is one of the worst wildfires in British Columbia’s history.
RCMP are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 1-800-282-1823.
The Mounties say it was not an isolated incident.
“The fire and the toxic environment created by it created a very, very dangerous situation for the people living in that community,” said Cpl.
Peter McQuaig, a RCMP spokesperson.
The community has been evacuated and will remain closed until further notice.
RCMP said they have not found a cause for the fire, which has destroyed at least 20 homes.
The incident occurred on July 6, but was not fully investigated until last week.
The RCMP said it has been a “tremendous challenge” to respond to the emergency.
The blaze has destroyed homes and damaged hundreds of vehicles and structures.
Mounties are asking people to avoid the area until further notices.
Residents of the community say they do not have a plan to rebuild or get to safety.
Some people have lost pets, while others have left their homes, fearing they will be trapped.
RCMP have sent a team of about 300 to the area.
They have been assisting local firefighters, who have been working to extinguish the blaze.