RCMP still investigating Southbrook arson

At first glance, there is nothing awry in the quiet and family-friendly Southbrook neighbourhood.

At first glance, there is nothing awry in the quiet and family-friendly Southbrook neighbourhood.

But on Sisson Avenue, a desolate scene where three houses once stood is a reminder of an intentionally set fire that shook up the neighbourhood in the early morning hours of May 25.

RCMP Const. Shaun Marshand said on Friday that police continue to investigate the arson and that no charges have been laid.

There is a lull in the file, he said, as Red Deer City RCMP’s general investigation section waits to interview a final witness.

“This is a big file, about 25 reports from different people to look through,” he said.

The blaze demolished three homes and damaged two others on Sisson Avenue, likely costing upwards of a $1 million.

The blaze originated from a home under construction, which was estimated to be worth about $400,000 upon completion, and spread to new, two-storey homes on either side.

All the occupants made it out safely and no injuries were reported.

A family of four lived in the home to the north and three people lived in the home to the south.

There was little left of the homes and they have since been torn down. A fence, blocking anyone from entering the scene, still surrounds the lots.

Terry and Diane Kulczycki took possession of their home on July 2. It is located beside the home that was destroyed on the south side. Their home was still standing and intact but suffered severe siding damage.

Diane Kulczycki said on Friday that their builder took care of the damage and they were happy to be able to move into their home.

“My husband said we can’t live as victims. We have to move forward and hope that this won’t reoccur,” she said.

The Kulczyckis rushed to their newly built home in the middle of the night to see a ball of flames on Sisson Avenue. They said firefighters were doing everything to save their home. Now having moved into their home, Diane reiterated how thankful she and her family are.

“They did an amazing job at saving our home,” she said.

jjones@bprda.wpengine.com

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