Firefighters from four halls in Chilliwack were called in to battle a house fire on Chilliwack Mountain that threatened to spread to neighbouring homes Wednesday afternoon.
The fire, which started in a three-car garage in the 8600 block of Sunrise Drive, had already spread to the home when firefighters arrived.
According to Assistant Fire Chief Ian Josephson, the owner had arrived home to find smoke coming from his garage. He attempted to fight the fire, but then decided to get his two children out of the house and call 9-1-1.
The garage was fully-involved when fire crews arrived, with the fire extending across the cedar-shake roof and into the two-storey home.
At one point burning embers from the fire were dropping on neighbouring homes. Firefighters fought to protect those homes, Josephson said, before entering the structure, confining and extinguishing the fire.
There was extensive fire damage to the garage and roof, with smoke and water damage to both floor areas.
There were no firefighter injuries.
Emergency Social Services (ESS) responded to the scene and provided accommodation for the homeowner and his family.
Cause of the fire is still under investigation but is considered accidental.