Saturday March 10, 2012
Neighbours heard screams as fire broke out
Released by Ian Josephson, Asst. Fire Chief Chilliwack Fire Department/Voice photos
Fire destroyed this home Friday on Wellington Ave. Cause of the fire is still under investigation but it is thought to have been accidental. Voice photos.
t 9:21pm last night, firefighters from Chilliwack fire halls 1 and 4 responded to a structure fire in the 45000 block of Wellington Avenue. When firefighters arrived they discovered smoke venting from the roof and window of a 2 storey single family residential house.
There were 2 adult males still in the house and they were instructed to leave.
Firefighters entered the building and discovered the fire had extended from the first floor kitchen up the stairwell to the 2nd floor and into the attic. Firefighters managed to confine and extinguish the fire but not before there was extensive fire and smoke damage to both floors and attic.
There were no firefighter injuries.
Prior to the fire departmentís arrival, the homeowner was sleeping in a first floor bedroom, woke up when he heard some crackling and smelled smoke.
There were no working smoke alarms in the home. He tried fighting the fire with a bucket of water but eventually called 9-1-1. Fortunately he was not injured.
Emergency Social Services (ESS) responded to the scene and provided accommodation for the homeowner.
Cause of the fire is still under investigation but is considered accidental.
Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind the public to have working smoke alarms on all floors of their home.
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