Sunday, March 8, 2015

Local News

Any Given Sunday

Multiple incidents keep police, ambulance and fire crews busy

Staff/Voice photos


An employee from a nearby business watches paramedics work on a cyclist hit by a car Sunday afternoon on Yale Rd.


here was an abundance of cyclists taking advantage of the spring-like weather in Chilliwack on Sunday. So, on weekends like that, drivers always need to take extra caution.


Just after 2 p.m., an unfortunate bicycle rider was hurt after tangling with a vehicle in the 45900-block of Yale Rd.


The injured man remained on the ground while BC Ambulance Service paramedics swooped in, and very carefully got him onto a spine board.


Within a few minutes they had him bundled up on a stretcher, at which point he was whisked away to Chilliwack General Hospital with undetermined injuries. 


There didn't appear to be any vehicle on the scene. It's not known if this was a hit and run.



Appliance Fire

Washing machine overheats on Moody Ave


A firefighter uses a portable fan to ventilate a home after a washing machine overheated Sunday.


hen, at around 2:30 p.m., the Chilliwack Fire Department was pulled away from the bicycle-MVA to fire at a home in the 45200-block of Moody Ave. This turned out to be an appliance fire where a washing machine overheated.


Fire crews dragged it out of the carport. It was the second time in a week they were called to a fire of this nature. Just over a week ago, a clothes dryer caught fire and the blaze crept into a wall. But, crews caught that in time to avoid major damage to the condo.



Shots Fired Call

Police swoop in on reserve after reports of shots fired and domestic disturbance


Police check a vehicle on Squiala Reserve for possible weapons Sunday after getting a shots fired call.


t around 3 p.m., police responded to a domestic disturbance call, coupled with a shots fired report, at a home in the 8500-block of Ashwell Rd. on Squiala Reserve and wasted no time in shutting the area down. They checked vehicles coming and going for possible weapons.


According to a neighbour, the house that RCMP responded to, has been the source of a series of similar calls.


"It's like that all the time," said a woman who lives nearby. "They're cousins who live with each other, now there's fighting every time. And they said there was some shots or something, and I never heard anything. Those guys are just fighting, but there's no guns down here."


Mounties managed to calm the situation down and made no arrests.



And Then...

Blaze breaks out in Giesbrecht Road Rancher


Fire crews were called out to major blaze in a rancher on Geisbrecht Road on Sunday. Google Image.


hen, at around 4:30 p.m., Chilliwack and Yarrow Fire Departments were called out to a rooftop blaze at a home in the 4900-block of Giesbrecht Rd. Reports were that smoke and fire were visible when firefighters arrived.


By 5:30 p.m., crews had the fire extinguished. It's not known the cause of the blaze, or the extent of damage to the home. There were no reports of injuries to residents or crews, who were still on-scene mopping up at 6:30 p.m.


Watch The Voice later for more on these stories as details emerge.





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