Blaze now believed caused by malfunction of antiquated boiler."
The Fire Article has caused a great deal of controversy within the Silent Hill fanbase. Some fans theorize that the article points to the fire of the Gillespie house being started by Alessa's psychic energy causing a boiler to accidentally explode. Evidence against this theory include both the official guidebook and Lost Memories, which state that the fire was started by the ritual itself, due to its use of "a great deal of fire". It would seem that the article was a deliberate cover up carried out by the Order to hide the true cause of the fire.
After reading the memo, Harry will comment that it happened the same day he and his wife, Jodie Mason, found Cheryl Mason.
Travis Grady enters the fire described in the article in the beginning of Silent Hill: Origins. However, the Gillespie house appears to be secluded in both the opening scene of Silent Hill and in Origins, raising the question as to how the fire spread to the other six mentioned houses from the article.