Fire in Fairfield Sunday afternoon

Family homeless after Sunday afternoon in Chilliwack.

A Chilliwack family of five is without a home following a fire that broke out Sunday afternoon on Fairfield Island. The two adults and three children were not home at the time. Firefighters say the fire started just after 1p.m. in the two-storey home, located in the 10200 block of Kent Road.

Firefighters entered the home, which was showing smoke when they arrived, to find the majority of the fire in the basement with fire extending up the walls into the attic. Firefighters managed to confine and extinguish the fire. There was extensive fire damage to the basement with smoke and water damage to the remainder of the house. There were no firefighter injuries. Emergency Social Services (ESS) responded to the scene and provided accommodation for the family. Cause of the fire is still under investigation but is considered accidental.

A passer by had called 9-1-1 after seeing smoke coming out of the roof of the home.

More information as it becomes available.

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