Feature Story                                                                                                         Friday, April 18, 2014


Fire Escape

Ashwell fourplex without smoke detectors says chief, residents evacuate safely

Released by Asst. Fire Chief Jim Macdonald/Voice photos


City of Chilliwack firefighters got a handle on this fourplex fire quickly and saved the structure however it sustained water and smoke damage.


n April 17, 2014 at approximately 5:39 pm the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire located in the 9200 block of Ashwell Road.


On arrival, fire crews saw smoke venting from the ground and second floor of a 2-storey multi-resident house.


Although the fire was extinguished quickly, there was still some fire and significant smoke damage to the interior of two of the suites in the structure.


All the residents escaped injury, although there did not appear to be any functioning smoke alarms.


There were no firefighter injuries.


The cause of the fire appears to be accidental but is still under investigation by fire department officials.



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Editor's Note: It's a stroke of luck that this fire took place in the daytime. It may have had a different outcome if it was at 2 a.m. Please make sure your smoke detectors are working.