The Chilliwack Fire Department say a fire at this vacant house on Reece Avenue at approximately 7 a.m. on June 8, 2020 was deliberately set. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Monday morning fire in vacant downtown Chilliwack home was deliberately set

Property owners reminded once again that vacant homes increase risk all around

Chilliwack firefighters were called out at 7 a.m. Monday to what turned out to be a suspicious fire in the 46000-block of Reece Avenue.

Upon arrival crews found a vacant house with smoke billowing from the rear of the two-storey structure.

“This fire was deliberately set and is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP fire investigators,” according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Bourdon of Chilliwack Fire Department.

Firefighters from Chilliwack Fire Halls 1, 4 and 6 quickly extinguished a small fire in the main floor bathroom of the house on June 8. The home suffered smoke damage throughout, but there were no civilian or firefighter injuries to report.

“Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind owners of vacant homes that they face an increased risk when it comes to property damage which includes vandalism, theft and or fire damage,” said Bourdon, in a release. A fire from inside a vacant house also adds to the risk of firefighter injury, he said.

Homeowners are also reminded to inform their insurance provider if the residence is vacant.

Anyone with information about this fire is asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or

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The Chilliwack Fire Department say a fire at this vacant house on Reece Avenue at approximately 7 a.m. on June 8, 2020 was deliberately set. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

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