UPDATE: Residents rescued from apartment fire downtown Chilliwack Friday

Chilliwack firefighters rescue a man using a ladder from the second floor of an apartment on fire on Cook Street on March 6, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Chilliwack firefighters rescue a man using a ladder from the third floor of an apartment on fire on Cook Street on March 6, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Chilliwack firefighters rescue a man using a ladder from the third floor of an apartment on fire on Cook Street on March 6, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Chilliwack firefighters rescue a man using a ladder from the third floor of an apartment on fire on Cook Street on March 6, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Chilliwack firefighters rescue a man using a ladder from the third floor of an apartment on fire on Cook Street on March 6, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Fire in a second-floor unit of a Cook Street apartment in Chilliwack on March 6, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Chilliwack firefighters douse a blaze in a Cook Street apartment on March 6, 2020 as residents who escaped look on. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Chilliwack firefighters with breathing equipment prepare to enter after a fire has been put out in a Cook Street apartment building on March 6, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Chilliwack firefighters rescue a man using a ladder from the second floor of an apartment on fire on Cook Street on March 6, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress) Chilliwack firefighters rescue a man using a ladder from the second floor of an apartment on fire on Cook Street on March 6, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Fire tore through an apartment unit in a building east of Five Corners in the downtown Chilliwack area Friday afternoon.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 to the blaze in the three-storey Cook Street apartment fire around 1 p.m. on March 6.

According to a press release, crews arrived to see “heavy, black smoke and flames venting from a second-floor apartment engulfing the balcony area and lapping to the third-floor.”

At least two people were rescued by Chilliwack Fire Department crews via ladders from their balconies in adjacent apartments.

Flames could be seen from the open balcony door of the second-floor unit as firefighters put water through the open door from the ground.

The fire was quickly extinguished but not before serious damage to the unit, smoke damage to adjacent units, and certainly water damage to the unit below.

Residents who escaped the building gathered outside, some in tears.

Approximately 30 apartment units were impacted by the fire, and a school bus from School District 33 was brought to the scene as temporary shelter for displaced occupants. Emergency Social Service were also on scene to provide additional support.

There were no fire fighter injuries.

This fire is considered accidental at this time, and is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department.

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