Monday, September 17, 2012


Fire News

Fire Struck

Maitland Ave blaze destroys home Monday

Staff/Voice photos


couple were lucky to have escaped unharmed but lost everything as their house went up in flames shortly before 10 A.M. Monday morning in the 7100 block of Maitland. They were the only ones home at the time the blaze broke out.

City of Chilliwack firefighters were quick to respond and knocked the fire down.

The male resident told the Voice at the scene that it looked to him like it was an electrical fire that started on his back porch.

Another resident living around the corner, looked out his window and saw a column of white smoke and by the time he went outside the house was completely engulfed.

Chilliwack RCMP and BC Ambulance paramedics were also on the scene.

Emergency Services relocated the family to a motel.

The actual cause of the fire is under investigation. Watch the Voice for more on this later.

See more photos and the City of Chilliwack Fire Department's release below.




Monday, September 17, 2012



Fire News

Residential Structural Fire

Kids away at school when fire broke out


t approximately 0930 hours on Monday, September 17, 2012 the Chilliwack Fire Department responded to the report of a working structure fire in the 7100 block of Maitland Avenue in Chilliwack.


Upon arrival of firefighters, the fire had extended into the second floor of the 1960ís home with the main floor being fully consumed.


The electrical connection to the home was also compromised causing arcing and a safety concern for firefighters.


The fire proved difficult to extinguish and fire crews were on scene into the afternoon to overhaul the structure and extinguish several hot spots.    


Damage to the home is severe and it is uninhabitable. The two residents at home during the fire escaped unharmed out the back of the home. Four children that lived at the home were away at school when the fire struck. 


Emergency Social Services provided accommodation to the family. There were no firefighter injuries.


The cause of the fire is under investigation by fire department officials.




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