Apparent fight between brothers results in motor home fire

One man was taken to hospital after suffering burns during an incident on Myrtle Avenue in Abbotsford on Wednesday night.



An Abbotsford man was taken to hospital on Wednesday night after an apparent fight with his brother resulted in his suffering serious burns.

Just after 7 p.m., Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service was called to the 27000 block of Myrtle Avenue – west of Lefeuvre Road – for a reported RV fire. When they arrived, they found that the motor home on the back of the property was engulfed in flames.

A 31-year-old man on the scene was suffering from serious burns and smoke inhalation, but was conscious and was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Initial reports indicate that the man had been in a fight with his older brother, 34.

Const. Ian MacDonald said it appears that the older brother brought an accelerant and poured it inside the motor home. It was then ignited by a heater, but MacDonald said police are not yet sure how that happened.

The flames then spread towards the younger brother.

The older brother fled the scene in a vehicle before crews arrived, but police were able to track him down in Mission just before 9 p.m. He was turned over to the Abbotsford Police, and arson charges are being recommended.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.