Cranbrook RCMP seek man and woman over Elko station fire

RCMP would like to speak to two people seen leaving the historic Elko train station before it caught fire early Wednesday morning.

Fire department officials inspect the damage from a fire at the historic Elko train station on Wednesday

Fire department officials inspect the damage from a fire at the historic Elko train station on Wednesday

Cranbrook RCMP would like to speak to two people seen leaving the historic Elko train station before it caught fire early Wednesday morning.

“The RCMP are interested in speaking to a man and woman who were seen near the back of the building just before the fire started and left along the train tracks towards King Street,” said Cpl. Pat Prefontaine.

Fire caused only minor damage to the historic Elko train station in Cranbrook in the early hours of Wednesday, July 17.

The fire was started on the porch area of the building and spread to the attic and rear of the building before it could be extinguished.

The fire broke out at about 12:20 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services rushed to the scene with two engines and four firefighters, soon followed by another 12 responders.

Crews managed to extinguish the fire quickly, limiting the damage to the building.

Investigators deemed the cause of the fire suspicious, and RCMP have taken over the case.

The Elko station is owned by the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel and is located at the former site of the museum, opposite the top of Baker Street.

Built in 1901, the historic station was located at Elko, but the museum and Cranbrook Archives bought the building in 1987 and restored it.

If you have any additional information about this or any other crime please call the Cranbrook RCMP at 250-489-3471 or East Kootenay Crimestoppers (1-800-222-TIPS).