Fire quickly consumed a home in Agassiz on Dec. 7. Fire officials and RCMP are still investigating the fire.

House destroyed by fire in residential Agassiz

Several witnesses report hearing loud explosion before flames consumed home

A massive house fire that started with an explosion rocked Agassiz on Sunday night.

Witnesses on the scene were first alerted to the fire by the large explosion, many of them said. The house, located at Canterbury Drive and Sheffield Drive, was then quickly engulfed in flames and destroyed by the fire. Neighbours watched from their driveways and the streets clogged with cars as people came to see the fire.

Two men were taken to hospital for burn injuries, and one of them remains in a burn unit with serious injuries. They both were flown via air ambulance, which landed near the south entrance to Agassiz on Hwy. 9. One neighbour, Monica Little, said she heard the first large explosion at about 6:45 p.m., which was followed by several smaller explosions. Fire response was quick, she added.

“Within five minutes the fire trucks and four ambulances were arriving,” she said. “The house was already totally destroyed. I could help thinking how brave those firemen/women were, standing so close to a blazing fire … to protect the neighbourhood.”

The fire was “scary and immense,” she said. “We noticed the garage door had flown across the street.”

Both Popkum and Agassiz fire halls responded to the fire, with a total of 37 firefighters working that night alongside numerous paramedics and RCMP. Harrison Hot Springs provided core coverage for the area while Popkum and Agassiz focused on the fire. On Monday morning, as fire officials, RCMP, Terasen and others surveyed the damage, the evidence of an explosion was made more obvious, as pieces of the house lay twisted across the street. Fire chief Wayne Dyer said the garage door was found about 50 feet from the house.

At least one neighbouring house was seriously damaged due to the heat of the fire. Agassiz fire officials and the RCMP are actively investigating the fire.

Agassiz fire crews put out a fire at Canterbury and Sheffield on Sunday night. The house was quickly consumed by the fire, and many neighbours have reported hearing a large explosion. Observer photo

Just Posted

Two more on witness stand accuse former Chilliwack youth leader of sexual touching

BC Supreme Court justice rules similar fact evidence allowed in trial of Codie Anderson

Grand opening set for Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery at Chilliwack

Ribbon cutting ceremony with Molson brass and family members set to celebrate the official opening

East Coast comedian Ron James bringing ‘Full Throttle Tour’ to Chilliwack Cultural Centre

James is at work on the first draft of his first book, ‘All Over the Map’

Multiple accidents on Highway 1 slowing morning commutes

One accident just past 232 Street in Langley, second is just East of Bradner Street in Abbotsford

PHOTOS: Chilliwack Terry Fox Run in the rain

Wet weather didn’t dampen spirits or enthusiasm for the annual cancer fundraiser

VIDEO: Prosecutors to consider charges in human-caused 2017 B.C. wildfire

RCMP forwards results of its investigation into Elephant Hill fire to Crown counsel

Petition to rename park after teen overdose victim to get hearing

With 3,500 signatures so far, organizer is thinking of closing down online campaign

Police investigate after intoxicated teens clash with security at B.C. fair

18-year-old woman arrested and RCMP looking at possible assault in Victoria-area fall fair incident

BC SPCA investigating after three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Boy overdosed on illicit anti-anxiety drug found on Kelowna classroom floor, RCMP say

Noah Mills, 8, ingested a pink powdery substance off his Kelowna classroom floor

Psychiatric assessment ordered for man accused in Salmon Arm church shooting

Lawyer tells court accused was diagnosed with psychosis hours after his arrest

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Winnipeg student, killed in bus crash, remembered as passionate, kind

University of Victoria student Emma Machado, 18, was killed in the bus crash near Bamfield on Friday

B.C. offers early retirement, training fund for forest workers

Communities eligible for $100,000 for permanent closures

Most Read