Home fire displaces Vernon tenants for “at least one night”

UPDATE 5:15 p.m. Nov. 22:

A Friday afternoon structure fire was quickly contained by crews in Vernon.

Just before 3:30 p.m., a tenant of the home reported seeing flames and heavy smoke in the basement. Upon arriving, firefighters confirmed the fire was located in the utility room and suppressed the fire quickly.

“The fire was contained to a single room,” said Deputy Chief Dwight Seymour. “There is minimal fire and water damage to the house, but a fair bit of smoke damage, so the tenants of the home will need to stay out of the house for at least one night.”

Emergency Social Services was on scene to assist the tenants. RCMP and BC Ambulance Service also attended the scene, but no injuries were reported.

An investigation will begin this evening, but Seymour said the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

VFRS would like to remind community members about the importance of checking your smoke detectors regularly to ensure they are working properly in case of an emergency.

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Vernon Fire Rescue are currently investigating a fire inside a double occupancy home.

Crews are on scene at 1206 38th Ave., where there were reports of flames in a confined space.

Smoke is visible from the rear of the building and a thin trail of smoke is visible in the front. Firefighters busted open the front door leading to the top level of the home.

The fire was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday. By approximately 4 p.m. crews reported the blaze was under control.

Police and ambulance were also on scene but have since been called off.

Matt Fitzgerald is the downstairs tenant and was the only person at the home when the fire occurred.

“There was just smoke underneath my crawl space,” said Fitzgerald.

“I saw the smoke and I went to go open it and there was just more smoke. I threw some water in and then turned around, saw some flames. Then I called the fire department and got out of there.”

As of 4:30 firefighters have started leaving the scene. The Chief will remain at the home until until crews arrive to begin an investigation.

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