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CFD says fire started in attached workshop



Firefighters worked for three hours to extinguish.







n Friday, October 26, a home in the 51000-block of Old Yale Road in Rosedale was heavily damaged by fire was noted to have started in a 100' x 60' workshop area before spreading to the house.


At that point residents managed to evacuate without anyone being hurt.

Because it was so far off the beaten path, it took firefighters a few extra minutes to arrive on-scene but by then the blaze was firmly established in the workshop and crews tried to save the home.

"Fire crews from Halls 1, 2, 4 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered a large workshop with attached residential unit fully involved in fire and beginning to collapse," said Chris Wilson, Assistant Chief, Emergency Preparedness.


Rehabs 6 air support refills air bottles that firefighters strap on and Ladder 1 truck were also on hand.

There were no nearby hydrants nearby so water had to be trucked in via tender trucks.

"Crews established a water supply utilizing water tender trucks and initiated a defensive attack on the fire," said Wilson. "As a result of the heavy fire conditions present, the building was extensively damaged by the fire."

Because the fire was located across tracks,  for the safety of the crews the duty chief requested trains be stopped.

Reports were that there was no gas on site but BC Hydro crews were brought in to shut power off to the house.

The Salvation was called in to assist the family. The last of the fire crews exited the property until 10:30 AM. Firefighters were called out the following day to fully extinguish a hot spot that popped up.

According to Wilson the fire is under investigation.


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