Investigators classify fatal fire in Charlottetown as undetermined

Ryan Ross
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Crews demolish a building on the former Sherwood Greens in Charlottetown, which was the site of a tragic fire that claimed the lives of three boys. A fourth remains in a Halifax hospital.

Investigators looking into a fire at an abandoned building in Charlottetown that killed three teens and sent a fourth to hospital in March have classified it as undetermined.

A news release from the Charlottetown police said the evidence showed there was an open fire in the former Sherwood Greens building when the victims went to sleep on March 29, but because there wasn’t an identified ignition source the investigators categorized it as undetermined.

Charlottetown police have concluded their investigation but fire officials are keeping the file open.

Joey Reeves, Brandon MacKinnon and Kenneth Irving died in the fire at the abandoned building on Mount Edward Road.

Brandon Quinn survived and was sent to hospital in Halifax where he was treated for severe burns before returning home.

In the news release, the police also provided a brief summary of events involving the teens on the night of the fire.   

The Charlottetown police said a friend drove the four teens from Montague to Charlottetown.

That friend dropped two of the teens off at the Charlottetown Mall and the other two in the downtown area.

They socialized separately with friends but later met up before midnight and went to 207 Mount Edward Road.

At some point during the night the teens lit a fire to keep warm.

The last validated correspondence was a text message that one of the teens sent at 2 a.m. to a friend.

Charlottetown police and the fire department responded to the fire call at about 5:30 a.m.

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Geographic location: Charlottetown, Mount Edward Road, Halifax

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  • Nova Scotia
    April 28, 2014 - 20:00

    I hope from the disrespectfull,on called for remarks from some of you that you never experience the loss of a child or have a child that may disappoint you and do something in their lives that they regret,I know I'm sure you have.These boys had family that do not need to hear from perfect people like yourself.

  • Montague resident
    April 28, 2014 - 19:57

    You must've been such a saint when you were younger,Fred. Please keep your rude comments to yourself

  • fred
    April 28, 2014 - 17:53

    Before these guys are nominated for the order of PEI, I would find it interesting to know what the autopsy showed regarding blood contents?

    • Nova scotia
      April 28, 2014 - 20:57

      I hope you reread your comment back to yourself so you can see what a perfect example of why this world is what it is today.

    • MRHS Student
      April 28, 2014 - 21:33

      Keep your rude,heartless, and disrespectful comments to your self. And fon't bring politics (the order of PEI) into this it is in no way related. Families,Friends, and teachers continue to deal with this horrific loss to the community, Island, and Country, show some care and compassion.

  • M. Gallant
    April 28, 2014 - 14:19

    A needless tragedy but hopefully a lesson learned for all regarding the danger of untended fire and reckless youthful behaviour. Another building that has experienced breakins and damage is the old F.R.MacLaine building on University Avenue. It sits there abandoned with broken windows and is another potential site for a breakin and possibly fire. It sits next door to a Service Station and across from a University yet it seems it is unprotected. Please let somebody either tear it down or make sure it is secure and safe. It is also an unsightly eyesore on the busiest roadway into the city.

    • M. Le
      April 28, 2014 - 15:48

      yes the old F.R.MacLaine building is a sight for sore eyes, i live near it and been saying it everyday wish they take that down if it was someone's home with mess in the yard they get right after them to clean it up or the city will clean it up and the owner will have to pay for it. So please take the old F.R.MacLaine building before more tragedy happends

    • Irene M.
      April 28, 2014 - 18:51

      Hey, why stop at that building? Quick, to avoid any further, "tragedy" let's create a task force, yes, that's it, a task force to go all over the Island and find every vacant building and house and level every last one!! Heaven forbid we actually expect anyone in these times to exercise common sense or respect for other people's property, level it all. Clearly it is all the fault of an empty building that this happened. So, by the logic of so many comments I have read since this happened, you better not have a cottage that is vacant, a home, anything, because if you do, you are clearly inviting tragedy! Demolish everything that isn't occupied, hurry, Now!

    • Montague Resident
      April 28, 2014 - 21:40

      YES! That's a great idea! Why don't we tear down a building with you in it! Show some respect for godsakes. ...they were just kids