Human remains found after Boyle, Alberta, fire

Efforts are underway to determine the identity of human remains found after a fire tore through at rural property northwest of Boyle.

Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, emergency crews responded to a farmhouse after a passerby spotted flames while driving along a rural road. A few propane tanks on the property proved to be a challenge for firefighters, who battled the blaze for nearly three hours before it was contained.

While searching through the debris, investigators came across human remains. They are now working to determine the identity of the victim or victims.

“We don’t believe there is more than one person who lived there, but given the amount of damage we need to work with forensics to make sure we’re only dealing with one set (of remains),” said Cpl. John Spaans with the Boyle RCMP, adding police have spoke with neighbours to determine who owned the property.

“Right now we are dealing with family members of that person to see if they have been accounted for.”

Until the investigation is complete, police are treating the fire as suspicious. Spaans said is looks as though the fire may have started in a fifth wheel camper that was up against the house, but the exact cause has yet to be determined.

The fire completely destroyed the home, described as an older two-storey farmhouse.

Boyle is about 147 km north of Edmonton.

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