By David F. Rooney
Mounties,Fire Rescue and Coroners’ Service personnel have recovered the body of a man who died in a house fire on Tillen Road on Thursday morning.
A police statement said emergency crews were called to the scene at approximately 5:45 am when they found the house fully engulfed in flames.
A 25-year-old female resident was able to escape through a window but told the RCMP that her 52-year-old father was still inside the residence.
Mounties and Fire Rescue Service personnel found the body of a man later that morning. They recovered it from the scene at about 12:30 pm.
“All we can tell you right now is that it’s a man,” said one Mountie at the scene.
The man has not yet been formally identified and his name will not be released until that occurs.
This is the first house-fire fatality in Revelstoke in many years and a tight-lipped Fire Chief Rob Girard had little to say after the fire.
“It’s under investigation and that’s about all I can say,” he said.
A statement from the RCMP said “police and fire crew investigators are working together to… determine what caused the fire.”
The woman, who did not suffer any injuries, is receiving grief counseling and emotional support from RCMP Victim Services. Victim Services volunteers are also providing her with any necessities, clothing and a safe place to stay during this tragic time.