News

Morning fire destroys Chilliwack house

Firefighters were on scene at this house fire on Maitland Avenue at about 9:30 a.m. Monday morning.  - JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS
Firefighters were on scene at this house fire on Maitland Avenue at about 9:30 a.m. Monday morning.
— image credit: JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS

A Chilliwack family was displaced Monday after their rental home went up in flames on Maitland Avenue.

Chilliwack Fire Department firefighters were on scene at about 9:30 a.m. to knock down the fire which may have started on the porch.

Two residents, a man and a woman, managed to escape out the back door unscathed. The house was almost completely destroyed.

The male resident told fire officials he tried to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher, but it was already too large and too involved. The electrical connection to the house was compromised by flames and caused arcing and safety concerns for firefighters.

The tenants had no fire insurance, but the property owner did, said fire officials.

Emergency Social Services were dispatched to offer emergency accommodations, food and clothing for the family. Four children were in school at the time of the fire.

"The fire proved difficult to extinguish and fire crews were on scene into the afternoon to overhaul the structure and extinguish several hot spots," said Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Ullyot.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but is not considered suspicious. No injuries were reported.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

TIMELINE: An interactive history of terrorist attacks and plots in Canada
 
Empty warehouse in Chilliwack prompts request for donations
 
Dreams of saving the Paramount in Chilliwack persist
Trick-or-treaters became sick after eating pot brownie
 
Suspects sought in violent Surrey robbery
 
Local charity joins fight against Ebola
South Burnaby streets shut down by suicide threat
 
Burnaby mosque receives threats
 
Parliament Hill gunman attended Burnaby mosque

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.