To most who lived along the quiet Coquitlam street, it would appear the home in the 1100-block of Cottonwood Ave. belonged to a pretty typical family.
But some neighbours say the family was tearing a part at the seams and there is speculation the end of a marriage might be the reason why two people died in a house fire there late Monday night.
Coquitlam Fire & Rescue were originally called to the home before midnight to the report of a structure fire.
That's when crews found the bodies of a man and a woman inside.
Coquitlam Mounties at the scene were saying little about the incident early Tuesday morning, other than to confirm two bodies were found inside the burning home.
"Right now this all that we we can really say, it's still in the very early stages," RCMP Cpl. Daniel Rettenbacher said, adding the deceased had not been identified, but were believed to be the only ones home at the time.
He noted police would be helping the fire department in the initial stages of the investigation, but would be more involved if foul play is discovered.
Though RCMP weren't saying much, neighbours who spoke to the Tri-Cities NOW told a story of a family in tatters.
John Cooke lives next door and heard a scream coming from the house just after watching the 11 o'clock news.
Then he heard a sound like glass shattering and a small explosion.
When he looked outside his back window, he could see flames shooting out from the back of his neighbour's house.
According to neighbours, a family of five from Algerian decent had apparently been living in the home since 1999.
Inside lived the couple with their three kids, the eldest daughter was said to be away in Regina for RCMP training, while two younger boys were described as being in their late teens or early 20s.
The house was also home to a french daycare run by the mom.
But Cooke said he heard the woman had filed for divorce about a month ago, and the husband was living in a separate home nearby.
The house had recently been sold.
A for sale sign was still on the lawn Monday night.
Cooke said the husband appeared to take the divorce hard.
"He seemed to be pretty mad," the neighbour told the Tri-Cities NOW.
Cooke said he heard the man tried to shut down his estranged wife's daycare, but failed.
He also said the man, who was described along with his wife as being in their late 40s or early 50s, had anger issues and didn't get along with the rest of the neighbourhood all that well.
Nancy Palecek lives at the end of the street.
She heard a call for help around the same time, but thought it was coming from nearby Como Lake.
When she went out to see, a neighbour told her there was a fire down the street.
As Palecek watched fire and police crews investigate the scene under the night sky, she said she had also heard there was a lot of fighting going on at the house.
Though she didn't know the family that well, she said her own daughter used to sell Girl Guide cookies to the mom.
Palecek said the family seemed to be nice, also suggesting the daycare was thriving
She was surprised to see the house go up in flames.
"You never know what goes on behind closed doors," Palecek said.
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