The aftermath of a tent fire at a small homeless encampment behind the Masonic Hall on Hocking Avenue on July 9. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

VIDEO: Another homeless tent fire in Chilliwack

No one injured; firefighters also respond to fire caused by full dryer lint trap

No one was injured early Monday morning, but the Chilliwack Fire Department had to extinguish a fire at a small homeless encampment in a parking lot next to a building on Hocking Avenue.

Firefighters attended the area behind the Masonic Hall on Hocking at around 6 a.m.

“It appears that someone was camping next to a building in the back of the parking lot and there was a fire that involved their belongings,” according to Asst. Fire Chief Chris Wilson. “The building and a nearby cube van style truck received minor fire damage.”

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported, but the belongings of the people or person camping next to the building were mostly destroyed.

This fire comes seven months after a homeless woman was burned badly in a tent fire next to a church downtown.

• READ MORE: Chilliwack homeless woman burned in fire was trying to save church

Clogged lint trap causes another fire

A few hours after the above fire that same day, at approximately 11 a.m., the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in a duplex in the 45000-block of Reece Avenue.

One occupant was at home at the time of the fire, and noticed smoke in the structure, according to the fire department.

Realizing the smoke was coming from a fire in the clothes dryer, the occupant took the appropriate action and unplugged the dryer by, called 911, and exited the building.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1 and 4 and on arrival, reported smoke in one unit of the duplex. Fire crews setup an offensive attack, entered the structure, extinguished the fire in the dryer and removed the dryer from the home. The home suffered light smoke damage.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

The Chilliwack Fire Deptartment said the fire appears to be accident, and wants to remind the public to ensure lint traps are cleaned after each use, and dryer venting is cleaned regularly.


@PeeJayAitch
paul.henderson@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

The aftermath of a tent fire at a small homeless encampment behind the Masonic Hall on Hocking Avenue on July 9. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Just Posted

First court date in Chilliwack for man accused of murdering Belgian tourist

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance Wednesday

Around the BCHL: Nanaimo Clippers acquire defenceman from Langley Rivermen

Around the BCHL is a look at goings on around the BCHL and the junior A world.

Public to get access to ‘detailed listing of expenditures’ incurred by council every year

Newly amended Council Remuneration and Expense Bylaw given three readings and approved Sept. 19

Chilliwack man charged in 2017 drug bust pleads guilty, released on time served

Second accused still faces numerous trafficking and weapons charges

Barn fire closes Prairie Central Road

Fire quickly brought under control

VIDEO: Messages of hope, encouragement line bars of B.C. bridge

WARNING: This story contains references to suicide and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Pot, cash, mansions: Judge divvies up illegal estate of divorcing B.C. couple

The Smiths ran a multi-million marijuana operation that spanned three counties

‘Little Feet’ book documents B.C. woman’s horrific 2001 accident

Heather Williams has documented the two profound stages beforeand after the accident

Most Read