Thursday, Nov 8, 2017
One airlifted suffering from burns, crews dodge exploding aerosols
By Chris Wilson, Assistant Chief Emergency Preparedness
n November 7th, 2017, at approximately 11:40pm, CFD was dispatched to a report of a fire in a homeless encampment off of Rowat Avenue.
Fire crews from Hall #1 arrived to find a fire near the railroad tracks. The fire was contained quickly by crews and there was no damage to nearby structures. However, crews had to use extreme caution while containing this fire because small propane cylinders and aerosol canisters were exploding as a result of the heat and flames from the fire. A few hours later at around 2:50am, on November 8th, fire crews from Hall #4 responded to a report of a fire in the 9300-block of Williams St.
On-arrival, crews discovered some personal belongings burning up against a building. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and prevented it from spreading into the structure.
Unfortunately, an individual sustained serious burn injuries as a result of the fire and was airlifted to hospital.
The causes of these fires are currently under investigation, but they are considered to be accidental in nature. The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind the public to properly dispose of aerosol containers, propane cylinders, etc. at an approved recycling depot so these items can be disposed of safely.