A teenage girl helped save her family from a fire that burned down a Vedder Crossing home late Monday night. The girl was putting her younger brother to bed on the home's second floor when she looked outside and saw flames eating away at the house's outside deck, Chilliwack Fire Department Capt. Don Van Beest told the Times.
The teen quickly helped get both her brother and another younger sibling out of the house and alerted her parents, who were also able to escape unharmed. Shortly thereafter, the house's fire alarm went off as the flames began to spread to the interior of the structure. Van Beest said the teen deserves praise for her quick reaction to the potentially deadly situation. Firefighters were called to the scene at 11:40 p.m. but were unable to save the four-year-old 3,500- square-foot home, which was located in the 6400 block of Bearstone Place on the Tzeachten First Nation. The family is staying with relatives nearby. They did have insurance on the home.
A cause of the fire has not been determined but it is considered accidental.
Kitchen fire in mobile home
Firefighters are also urging the public to take care while cooking after a kitchen fire damaged the roof of an East Chilliwack mobile home and sent its occupant to hospital. Crews were called to the home, in the 46000 block of Upper Prairie Road, around 6:30 p.m. They arrived to find a fire in the home's attic space. The blaze was quickly brought under control, with most of the damage limited to the ceiling and roof of the home. One person was taken to hospital for observation for possible smoke inhalation. Firefighters say the fire began in the house's kitchen.
Smoking caused Garrison fire
Firefighters say they believe carelessly discarded smoking materials caused the Aug. 21 fire that destroyed several Garrison Crossing townhomes.
The blaze, in the 45000 block of Tamihi Way, began in a two-storey townhouse unit. It spread to adjoining units before firefighters could knock down the flames.
No one was injured, but a family of five had no fire insurance. Their need has prompted an outpouring of support from the community and several fundraisers, including a Ladies Night Out event Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at Back At You thrift store on Yale Road
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