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UPDATE: House fire breaks out in kitchen near downtown Chilliwack

No injuries in house fire believed to have started with ‘unattended cooking’
Chilliwack Fire Department had several fire trucks dispatched to house fire on Woodbine Street on the morning of Feb. 12. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

A kitchen that fire broke out on Woodbine Avenue Monday morning caused significant fire and smoke damage to the home.

Chilliwack Fire Department officials say the cause is believed to be “unattended cooking,” which they are reminding residents is the “leading cause” of kitchen fires.

About 20 firefighters responded from Halls 1 and 4 to the call from the 9200-block of Woodbine Street.

Upon arrival firefighters reported seeing smoke at the roofline of the home.

”Further investigation revealed a fire that had started in the kitchen,” said Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Brown.

Initial crews called for a second alarm, and quickly began an offensive fire attack while securing a water line to bring the fire under control.

Firefighters effectively “contained and extinguished the fire,” but it caused suffered significant damage, the release said.

One person was home at the time who was alerted to the fire by the smell of smoke. Smoke alarms had been activated. The fire is believed to have been accidentally caused by unattended cooking Chilliwack Fire department is investigating the fire to determine cause.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.

Traffic on Woodbine was blocked to ensure safety.

Gas and hydro services had to be shut off, and RCMP were called along with B.C. Ambulance.

Fire was brought under control within about 25 minutes after crews entered the residence, and started to overhaul the scene soon after.

Jennifer Feinberg

About the Author: Jennifer Feinberg

I have been a Chilliwack Progress reporter for 20+ years, covering the arts, city hall, as well as Indigenous, and climate change stories.
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