Fish smoker might be to blame in Chilliwack blaze

Crews from five fire halls around Chilliwack responded to the structure fire Friday night in Ryder Lake.

  • Feb. 13, 2012 6:00 p.m.

A late-night fire at a hillside property was spreading from outbuildings to the house when Chilliwack firefighters managed to knock down the flames.

The Ryder Lake homeowner suffered heat-related injuries sustained while trying to fight the flames with a garden hose, said assistant fire chief Ian Josephson.

Crews from five fire halls responded to the structure fire in the 4900-block of Sherlaw Road.

A detached, wood-frame garage and two outbuildings were engulfed in flames when crews arrived.

“The fire was just starting to extend to the owner’s house when firefighters managed to knocked the fire down,” said Josephson.

BC Ambulance personnel treated the homeowner on-site and firefighters spent most of the night extinguishing hot spots.

“Fire investigation is ongoing but a possible cause may be related to a fish smoker igniting nearby combustibles,” he added.