Chilliwack Fire Department at work on a fire. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)

Chilliwack Fire Department at work on a fire. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)

Cat perishes in Chilliwack travel trailer fire

Working smoke alarms helped two people and a dog escape

Working smoke alarms helped two people escape from a travel trailer fire on Saturday, but a cat perished.

Firefighters from Chilliwack Fire Department halls 1 and 4 were dispatched at 1 a.m. on Nov. 30 to a structure fire in the 44000-block of Yale Road.

On arrival, fire crews found a fully involved travel trailer fire in the rear of the commercial property.

Firefighters managed to control and extinguish the fire, and limit exposure damage to adjacent motor homes. The fire completely destroyed the trailer.

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There were two residents sleeping in the trailer at the time of the fire. Fortunately, two working smoke alarms activated and woke the people up. They managed to safely evacuate with their dog but unfortunately their cat perished in the trailer.

The trailer residents suffered minor smoke inhalation and were treated on scene by BC Ambulance paramedics. There were no firefighter injuries.

Emergency Support Services (ESS) volunteers responded to the scene to assist the homeowners with emergency housing and other necessities.

The cause of the fire appears to be accidental and is still under investigation by fire investigators.

The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind residents to install and test their smoke alarms. If a fire occurs, working smoke alarms provide early warning, allowing you to safely escape.


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