British Columbia

Evacuation in Thornhill, B.C. lifted, but police investigation continues

A neighbourhood in the small community of Thornhill, B.C. near Terrace was evacuated for several hours because of an ongoing police incident.

RCMP allowing residents back into their homes, but no arrests have been made

All residences on Sande Ave and Mountainview Ave to the west of Toynbee St have been evacuated and the roads are closed. Toynbee St and the nearby Cresentview Ave remain open but residents are being advised to stay inside with their doors locked and the public is advised to avoid the area. (Google Maps)

People living in a neighbourhood in the small community of Thornhill, B.C., near Terrace, were allowed back into their homes after a police incident forced an evacuation for several hours.

The area went into lockdown around 9 a.m. PT Wednesday morning when residents on Toynbee Street and Crescentview Avenue off of Old Lakelse Lake Drive first were advised to remain indoors with their doors locked.

Few details were released, but the RCMP said something was happening in the 3900 block of Mountainview Avenue at Sande Avenue.

Then, around 1 p.m., several dozen houses were evacuated, gas to the area was shut  off, and school buses were rerouted. The evacuation order was lifted at approximately 6:30 p.m. 

Terrace RCMP Const. Angela Rabut said the investigation continues, but no arrests have been made.    

"At this time I can't comment on the nature [of the incident]," said Rabut. "It's an unfolding event, and we're evaluating our resources as we go along."

No injuries have been reported. 

'Nobody's allowed to come or go': resident

Darald Gagne lives on Mountainview Avenue and spoke to CBC before the evacuation came into effect.

"There's police cars up and down the street. Nobody's allowed to come or go. There's a guy walking by right now with a rifle in a case that would be a cop," he said.

"One of my neighbours tried backing out of his driveway and was told right away there was no way that was going to be happening."

Gagne said he has received little information from police.

"I haven't been told anything."

The affected area is primarily residential.

With files from The Canadian Press