Deadly fire cause 'undertermined'

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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.

Charlottetown firefighters mop up after the fatal fire at Sherwood Greens.

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.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Mount Edward Road, Sherwood Greens Halifax

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