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SiRT Concludes Investigation into House Fire


The Interim Director of the Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) found no reasonable grounds to believe that a member of the RCMP committed a criminal offence in connection with a house that caught fire during a police operation in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia.

On February 22, 2023, the RCMP contacted the SiRT regarding a house fire that resulted from an RCMP Emergency Response Team operation for the arrest of two people. In the course of the operation, a distraction device was used, which caused a fire to ignite and spread throughout the house. No one was injured in the fire.

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The SiRT is responsible for investigating all matters that involve death, serious injury, sexual assault and intimate partner violence or other matters of a public interest to be investigated that may have arisen from the actions of any police officer in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Investigations are under the direction and control of an independent civilian director, who has the sole authority to determine if charges should be laid at the conclusion of an investigation.

Media Contact:

Erin Nauss
Interim Director