Significant fire damage was caused to a Vernon residence Thursday night.
Firefighters were called to the 1600 block of 39th Avenue at about 10:45 p.m.
“The guys arrived and flames were going up the front of the house from the basement,” said Lawrie Skolrood, Vernon deputy fire chief.
Three occupants from the upper floor were out on the sidewalk, but one of them had gone back inside to locate a pet.
“He suffered smoke inhalation and one firefighter also suffered smoke inhalation,” said Skolrood.
The occupants of the basement, where the fire started in a bedroom, were not home at the time.
There is considerable damage downstairs, while there is smoke damage upstairs. Windows on both floors were blown out from the heat, while exterior siding was melted.
A cause has not been determined.
“It will depend on the fire sign in the bedroom,” said Skolrood.