A downtown Chilliwack murder scene is now the subject of a suspicious fire investigation. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

Suspicious fire guts house where man was killed

The yellow crime-scene tape was blocking Wellington Avenue early Monday morning

A downtown Chilliwack murder scene is now the scene of a suspicious fire investigation.

Early Monday morning flames gutted a home in the 45000-block of Wellington – site of an earlier multi-day investigation by the Integrated Homicide Investigative Team.

RCMP say the report of the structure fire came in at 2:41 a.m.

“We’re investigating it as suspicious and more will be known later, after they complete a thorough investigation of the scene,” said RCMP Cpl. Mike Rail.

At Cook and Wellington the yellow tape went up, to block the flow traffic going west on Wellington with a “Road Closed” sign in place.

“RCMP officers have set up a perimeter and will secure the scene until the investigation is complete,” said Rail.

Police had been called the house on June 7 following reports a man was in medical distress.

The victim, later identified by IHIT as 25-year-old Zacharia Nicholli Cross, died at the scene.

Investigators have said little about the incident, only that Cross was “known to police and associated to drug activity.”

Fire crews from Chilliwack Fire Department were called to the scene some time before 3 a.m.

According to neighbours, it was the second time fire broke out in the building.

Police were also on scene Friday afternoon at an apparent shooting just blocks away from the murder scene.

Several shots were fired on Reece and Cook Street at around 1 p.m.

An officer photographed evidence marked by at least a dozen small yellow tags in the middle of the road.

One neighbour told The Progress she heard three distinct gun shots before police arrived.

Watch theprogress.com for more information as it becomes available.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Early Monday morning flames gutted a home in the 45000-block of Wellington, and RCMP and Fire officials were on-scene investigating. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

A downtown Chilliwack murder scene is now the scene of a suspicious fire investigation. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

A downtown Chilliwack murder scene is now the scene of a suspicious fire investigation. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

Just Posted

SLIDESHOW: Chilliwack firefighters battle large blaze at Rosedale chicken barn Friday

Birds saved but buildings on Castleman Road destroyed by fire

Chilliwack Fair kicks off tonight with local talent

Todd Richard and Appaloosa to hit the stage for drive-in concert at fairgrounds

PHOTOS: Moving day for 110-year-old Chilliwack heritage house

House-moving company relocated Hope River Road home to Riverside Drive

UPDATE w/ PHOTOS: Chilliwack fire crews tackle vacant house fire on Rowat Avenue Friday

Empty house was boarded up and behind fencing on lots slated for redevelopment

VIDEO: Chilliwack chicken barn destroyed by fire

Chickens saved from blaze as firefighters work to control large fire

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

FURTHER UPDATE: Body removed from Maple Ridge hotel after large police presence

A large contingent of Mounties were at the Art Infiniti Hotel Friday afternoon and evening

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

Plainclothes Abbotsford police officer deletes cellphone video after drawing gun on innocent man

‘They never asked me what I was doing there, strictly came out with guns, threatening to shoot me’

Most Read