GlobalTV provides more of their interview with Dave McLellan (video)
It's been almost a year since Garland McKay, Dwayne Rasmussen and Stephen Yellowquill tragically died in a house fire on Pandora Street in Vancouver. Once the smoke had cleared, it was revealed that the house had been inspected by the City of Vancouver on numerous occasions over the previous decade. Various inspection reports indicate the house was in terrible shape.
On October 24th the B.C. Coroner's office will begin a public inquest into what happened and whether the City of Vancouver could have done anything to prevent this tragedy. It's quite likely that one of their star witnesses will be none other than former city employee Carlene Robbins. She quit the city after almost four decades of service and is now suing her former employer. Robbins was acting as Chief Licensing Inspector at the time of the fire.
In her notice of claim filed in B.C.'s Supreme Court, she reveals the timeline of events, and their direct relationship to the Pandora Street fire. The claim describes how Robbins job wound up in limbo, and that a work environment "of hostility, embarrassment and humiliation" ensued.
As you can imagine, Robbins taking the stand and opening up about the toxic work environment at Vancouver City Hall could become a bombshell during the civic election. That is of course if she is called to testify. Regardless, the four-day public inquest is surely to capture the media's attention.
[NEW:] CityCaucus.com also placed an FOI with the Vancouver Fire Department to see if they had any reports regarding what they found. We have finally received a response to our request. The VFD report [click here for document] provides additional details regarding what they found at the flop house. Please note the [blocked] sections were blacked out by City officials:
Structure fire in a two storey, woodframe construction, protected combustible, single family residence used as a rooming (flop) house. Dwelling occupied by seven persons. Five persons occupying the top floor and two occupants residing in the basement.
Occupant in basement stated [blocked] heard popping sounds then an explosion [blocked] also stated there was heavy smoke coming from the rear of the home. FI found occupant [blocked] sitting on the front lawn intoxicated. [blocked] stated that [blocked] was sitting on the front steps having a smoke and does not know what happened inside the home at the time of the fire. Occupant was then taken by VPD to Detox...
Body#1 found in the front hallway approximately 8 feet from the front door
Body#2 found on the East bedroom bed of the main floor
Body #3 and #4 were both found in the Northwest corner bedroom...Two deceased cats found and transported to SPCA.
Here's a list of our posts on Pandora Street, along with revealing audio and video interview footage of Sadhu Johnson, Penny Ballem, Kerry Jang, Dave McLellan and Gregor Robertson. This is sure to be a story line that many media & political pundits will be following in the days to come.
- Fatal east side fire raises questions on City enforcement
- Pastor joins call for independent inquiry of Pandora Street deaths
- Pandora Street tragedy deserves independent review
- Where's the Mayor in the Pandora flophouse fire deaths matter?
- Community voice to be heard regarding Pandora Street tragedy
- Senior staffer takes fall for Pandora fire, City claims Robbins "quit"
- Robbins departure: was she pushed or did she jump?
- Mayor Gregor won't answer questions on Carlene Robbins dismissal
- Silence of the City Hall disgruntled: will Robbins' voice be heard?