DOGS ALERT RESIDENTS OF HOUSE FIRE WITHOUT WORKING SMOKE DETECTORS
Residents escaped the house fire safely because the dogs barked.
CHRIS WILSON, ASST. CHIEF, EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, CFD—VOICE PHOTOS
n January 26th, at approximately 12:10 pm, the
Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the
9300-block of Broadway. Fire crews from Halls 1, 4 and 6 responded to the scene
and upon arrival discovered a large volume of smoke venting from a single-storey
"Crews quickly brought the fire under control and were able to limit the spread of the fire to a single bedroom, however the rest of the home received extensive smoke and heat damage." said Chris Bourdon, CFD Assistant Chief in a release Saturday. "The four occupants of the home were alerted to the fire by their two dogs and were able to safely exit the home."
A neighour told The Voice that a woman was in the shower and ran out of the house wearing a towel.
"The cause of this fire is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department officials. The home did not appear to have working smoke alarms and the Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind the public that working smoke alarms can greatly reduce the chance of being injured or dying in a fire," said Bourdon.
As crews were working on Broadway a call came in of another residential structure fire in the 45000-block of Reece Avenue.
"After arriving on scene at the Broadway fire, crews were on scene in a few
minutes to attend to a minor with smoke and flame coming from the exterior of
the home near the roof. The fire was quickly extinguished and damage was limited
to a very small area on the exterior of the structure near the electrical
service," said Bourdon.
No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported as a result of these fires. Emergency Services assists burned out residents for 3 days afterward.