Chilliwack firefighters pulled two people through the basement window of a burning Rotary Street house Saturday afternoon.
The fire department arrived at the scene of a two-storey house fire in the 9500 block of Rotary Street at about 1:20 p.m. to find two occupants trying to escape heavy smoke by crawling out of a basement window. After assisting them to safety, fire crews went on to rescue two dogs and a cat from the burning building as well.
One of the rescued human victims was taken to Chilliwack General Hospital for observation, while the other refused treatment.
Four other occupants of the home, two who lived in the basement and two who lived upstairs, asleep at the time, were able to escape unharmed after being alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm.
Firefighters were able to knock down the fire quickly, but not before it had travelled into the upstairs and caused significant damage to the basement suite, an upstairs bedroom
and heavy smoke damage throughout the house.
The cause of the fire is unknown but is not considered suspicious.
Preliminary investigation suggests the fire started in a basement-suite kitchen. RCMP and the Chilliwack Fire Department are continuing their investigation. Emergency Social Services were called to assist with temporary accommodation for the home's occupants.
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