Westview Avenue house fire claims life

Firefighters doused a blaze in a two-story home near Townsend Park Wednesday night, but the lone occupant did not survive.

One person is dead after a house fire broke out in the 45000 block of Westview Avenue Wednesday night.

Firefighters were called out to a two-story home at 7:30 p.m., arriving to find fire and smoke venting from one side of the building. They quickly suppressed the blaze and evacuated the one person who was home at the time.

A 74 year old woman was rushed by ambulance to Chilliwack General Hospital suffering from severe smoke inhalation. She passed away a short time later.

Fire damage to the home was limited to the main floor, with smoke damage prevalent throughout the house.

There were no firefighter injuries.

The fire appears to be accidental but is still under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP.