Fijian-Canadian Woman killed By husband In New Year’s Eve Fire, Police Conclude


Homicide detectives have been investigating a fire in Edmonton's northeast on December 31. Police have called the fire suspicious after a woman died and a man was severely injured.

Investigators concluded the death of a Fijian-Canadian woman who was killed when her house started on fire New Years Eve was a homicide

EDMONTON – Edmonton Police said Tuesday that the death of 60-year-old Rukmani Prasad who perished in a house fire on the last day of 2011 is being considered a homicide.

Police say Prasad was killed by her husband Surendra Prasad, who lit their home on fire December 31, reported Edmonton CTV news.

Fire investigators believe an accelerant was used to ignite the fire at the home located near 147 Avenue and 32 Street.

Firefighters rescued Rukmani from the house at the time of the fire but she died at the scene. Surendra escaped the burning house and was taken to hospital in critical condition.

He remained in hospital for some time but recently died of his injuries. The Medical Examiner considers Surendra’s death to be accidental.

The couple, originally from Fiji lived together in the Northeast Edmonton home. They have two children.