Fire in a garage on Fairfield Island in Chilliwack before 10 p.m. on May 22, 2022. (Bryden Nelmes photo)

Fire in a garage on Fairfield Island in Chilliwack before 10 p.m. on May 22, 2022. (Bryden Nelmes photo)

UPDATE: Fairfield Island house fire was arson, says Chilliwack fire official

Witnesses claim there was a loud bang, black smoke in the area of Hymar and Dublin

Arson was the cause of a garage fire Sunday evening on Fairfield Island, said assistant fire chief Andy Brown with the Chilliwack Fire Department.

Crews were called to the fire in the attached garage of a house on Hymar Drive near Dublin Drive around 9 p.m. on May 22.

Firefighters “reported seeing heavy fire and black smoke venting from the attached garage of the home,” Brown stated in the May 23 press release.

According to people on social media, a loud bang was heard and thick black smoke was seen in the area.

(Video by Bryden Nelmes)

“Fire crews called for a second alarm (more crews) and worked quickly to perform an exterior attack on the fire while securing a water supply to bring the fire under control, limiting damage to the garage, and preventing fire spread to the interior of the house,” Brown said.

The garage was severely damaged as a result, and two vehicles plus an adjacent property also suffered fire and heat damage.

The occupants managed to exit the home and no one was injured.

About 40 firefighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6.

At 10:50 p.m., fire crews on scene confirmed the fire was extinguished.

This fire is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP fire investigators.


 

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