The Chilliwack Fire Department was called to this early-morning fire on Alexander Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (Michael Vegh)

The Chilliwack Fire Department was called to this early-morning fire on Alexander Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (Michael Vegh)

UPDATE: Early-morning fire destroys vacant house on Alexander Avenue in downtown Chilliwack

Charred shell of building demolished by lunch time due to instability and safety concerns

A vacant house fire had flames shooting into the air on Alexander Avenue early Tuesday in downtown Chilliwack.

Fire crews of 25 firefighters from halls 1, 2, 4, and 6 attended the scene in the 45000-block of Alexander Ave., bringing the large tower apparatus, to extinguish the blaze and prevent it from spreading.

“When firefighters arrived, they found a two-storey residential house with heavy fire at the rear and thick smoke coming out of from a second-floor window,” according to Michael Bourdon, assistant fire chief.

Firefighters had a tough time gaining access to the rear part of the building, where most of the fire was situated. Once water supply was established, fire crews were able to knock the fire down and protect adjacent buildings.

Fire crews including the tower apparatus called to house fire on Alexander Avenue on Nov. 1, 2022. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Fire crews including the tower apparatus called to house fire on Alexander Avenue on Nov. 1, 2022. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

City utilities, BC Hydro and Fortis BC officials were on scene to shut off power, gas, and water to the house.

Firefighters got the call at about 5 a.m. and moved into overhaul mode at about 7:10 a.m.

This was the second fire in a week on Alexander Avenue with a small one reported Oct. 24 behind Ken’s Tire and Wheel.

An excavator was called in to help with salvage and overhaul. The charred shell of the building was demolished by lunch time due to instability and safety concerns.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

The fire is still under investigation by Chilliwack Fire officials.

The Chilliwack Fire Department was called to this early-morning fire on Alexander Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (Michael Vegh)

The Chilliwack Fire Department was called to this early-morning fire on Alexander Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (Michael Vegh)

“Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind owners of vacant homes there is an increased risk of property damage including vandalism, theft and or fire damage,” the release said. “A fire in a vacant home increases the risk to the public and firefighters.”

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