January 18, 2018, at approximately 8:30pm, the Chilliwack
Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire
located in a townhouse complex in the 5900-block of Vedder
Three people were home at the time of the fire. One of the
occupants noticed an electronic smoking device malfunction
in a bag, and stated that the device was sparking and
exploded which caught materials in the room on fire. The
occupants took the appropriate actions by closing the door
to the room of fire origin and calling 911, as they
evacuated the building.
Firefighters responded from
Halls 1, 4, and 6, and on-arrival, reported light smoke on
the second floor of the two-storey townhouse.
Smoke alarms were activated in the home and occupants were
out of the building when fire crews arrived.
Fire crews setup an aggressive offensive attack, entered the
structure, and found light smoke on the second floor with
heavy black smoke in the room of origin. Firefighters
extinguished the fire and ventilated the structure.
townhouse suffered minor fire and smoke damage to the
interior of the structure.
There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.
This fire appears to be accidental and caused by electronic
Chilliwack Fire Dept. wants to remind the public that
working smoke alarms save lives, and to follow manufacturer
recommendations when using and/or storing electronic
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