Bashaw Motor Inn explosion, fire victim identified

RCMP have confirmed the identity of the victim killed in the Bashaw Motor Inn explosion and fire on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Remains of Barinder Singh Tiwana, 54, identified through DNA

Police have released the scene of the Bashaw Motor Inn after an explosion and fire destroyed the motel on Oct. 9. The investigation continues however. (CBC)

RCMP have confirmed the identity of the victim killed in the Bashaw Motor Inn explosion and fire on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Barinder Singh Tiwana, 54, was identified through DNA, police said Friday.

Bashaw residents in the town of 870 people have rallied around the Tiwana family, who lived in and operated the motel. 

Three members of the Tiwana family, a mother and two sons, were sent to hospital after escaping the fire.

A GoFundMe page has raised more than $17,000 for the family.

Racist graffiti was found at the motel, but police say they have no evidence suggesting the fire and graffiti are linked.

The scene of the fire has been released, however the investigation continues, RCMP said.