Thursday, March 17, 2016
Ashes to Ashes
Fire crews save house from complete destruction
Mike Bourdon. CFD Asst. Fire Chief/Voice file photo
n March 16th, 2016 at approximately 5 P.M., the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the 5000-block of Lickman Rd.
Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4 & 6.
On-arrival fire crews were met by the owner who was working in the yard and had reported seeing black smoke from the rear back door of a one-storey residential home.
The owner did the right thing by not re-entering the home, walked across the street and had the neighbour call 9-1-1.
The interior of the home sustained minor fire damage to a section of the wall in the living room and smoke damage throughout.
There were no civilian and or firefighter injuries.
The cause of the fire is accidental.
The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind homeowners when cleaning wood burning fireplaces and/or appliances, hot ash is to be disposed of in a metal container and store the container outside the home away from combustibles.
It is also recommended to use good quality dry seasoned firewood and have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually (preferably before the start of the burning season) by a certified professional.
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