Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Fire Dept News

Early Morning Arsons

Chilliwack fire officials and police look to public for assistance

Released by CFD Assistant Chief M Bourden/Voice photos


The burned-out carcass of a pick-up truck sits under an apartment building Wednesday morning.


t approximately 3:30 a.m. on September 17. fire fighters from Halls 1 & 4 responded to structure fire in the 9400-block of Nowell Street.


Upon arrival, fire crews found a fully involved vehicle fire located in the underground parkade of a 3-storey apartment building.


Crews managed to quickly bring the fire under control. The east side of the building sustained exterior heat and smoke damage. Interior smoke damage was prevalent throughout the building.


All tenants were safely evacuated out of the building with two residents being transported to hospital with minor smoke inhalation. There were no firefighter injuries.


The fire is suspicious and is under investigation by RCMP and Chilliwack Fire Department.


Dumpster Fire


Police had a visible presence Wednesday morning after two arsons on Bole and Nowell. Six years ago, The Voice took photos of a dumpster in this spot that was blown to pieces in a baffling explosion.


t approximately 3:30 a.m. on September 17,  firefighters from hall 1 responded to a dumpster fire in the 46000-block of Bole Avenue.


Upon arrival, crews found a dumpster fully involved. Residents from a nearby apartment building witnessed the fire and were trying to extinguish it with a garden hose. Crews managed to quickly put out the fire sustaining only damage to the dumpster.


There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.


The cause of the fire is suspicious and is being investigated by RCMP and the Chilliwack Fire Dept.


We would like to remind apartment managers and owners, dumpsters that are accessible to the public should be padlocked during the evening and early morning hours.


Both fires were deliberately set and are under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP fire investigators.


If anyone has any information about this fire, they are asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or

Editor's Note: Five years ago, the Voice took photos of a trash bin blown to pieces in that same place.

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