Charlottetown police have yet to interview boy injured in fatal fire

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Fire investigators continue their investigation into a fire that left three people dead and one injured in Charlottetown last weekend.

Police in Charlottetown have yet to draw any conclusions about the deaths of three teenaged boys whose bodies were found after a fire at an abandoned building last weekend.

Deputy Chief Gary McGuigan of the Charlottetown Police Service says the case hinges on an interview with a fourth boy who survived the fire, but he has yet to be medically cleared to speak to investigators.

The high school student has been recovering from his injuries in a Halifax hospital.

Police say he alerted patrol officers to the fire early on Saturday morning.

“We’re trying to determine a timeline,” McGuigan said Friday in an interview. “The fire inspector has been out at the building all week. ... We’ll wait until we speak to everyone we feel we should speak to before we say anything.”

McGuigan said police are also interviewing friends and acquaintances of the teens.

Officers have said they do not suspect foul play in the case, but the cause of the fire and the reasons why the boys were in the dilapidated, boarded-up building remain unclear.

As well, McGuigan says fire officials have yet to complete their investigation at the site, which was left a gutted, smouldering ruin.

Police say the small, green building had been vacant for years and was once a used car dealership.

The three teenagers who died were 19-year-old Joseph Reeves, 16-year-old Brandon MacKinnon and Kenneth Irving, 15.

The English Language School Board in P.E.I. said the two younger boys were students at Montague Regional High School and Montague Intermediate School.



Organizations: Charlottetown Police Service, English Language School Board, Montague Regional High School Montague Intermediate School

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Halifax, P.E.I.

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