Investigators looking into early-morning fire

The Chilliwack Fire Department believes a blaze in the 45000 block of Lewis Avenue may have been deliberately set.

The Chilliwack Fire Department is investigating a potential case of arson that happened early Thursday morning.

Just before 5 a.m. firefighters from two halls were called out to a home in the 45000 block of Lewis Avenue.

People inside the home awoke the smell of smoke and quickly ran outside. After calling 911 they tried unsuccessfully to douse the fire with a garden hose. Firefighters arrived to see smoke and flames billowing from the front of the two-story house, and quickly go the fire under control.

The house suffered structural damage on the inside and outside, including the roof.

There were no injuries, and the residents of the home are being cared for by Emergency Social Services.

The fire department confirms that the fire appears to have been deliberately set and is under investigation.

Anyone with info is asked to phone the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crimestoppers (anonymously) at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). They can also log on to chilliwackcrimestoppers.ca