Lumby house fire investigated

Home on Grandview Avenue sustains damage Sunday, displaces renters

Lumby house fire investigated

A house fire in Lumby is believed to have been caused from a marijuana grow-operation.

Lumby RCMP and the Lumby and District Fire department were called to a residence on Grandview Avenue in Lumby Sunday for a house on fire.

“The fire was extinguished and a small marijuana grow-op was located in the basement of the residence,” said RCMP Cst. Jocelyn Noseworthy.

“The fire is not believed to be suspicious in nature and the point of origin appears to have been from within the marijuana grow-op.”

Police do not anticipate charges arising from this incident and there were no injuries to the tenants of the residence.

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Help is being sought for a Lumby couple and their three children who lost their home to a fire Sunday.

Lumby and Lavington firefighters battled the Grandview Avenue blaze, which is under investigation.

Meanwhile the family lost most of their belongings, and did not have content insurance. They have since received numerous clothing donations but are most in need of finding a new home.

“We will need to find a new home and this can be very financially hard as we are staying in a hotel with three kids and trying to live day to day,” reads their Go Fund Me page. “Our pets are separated our family is strained and need to find a home and get started again.”

Donations are being accepted for the family at Jiminy Crickets Daycare as well as on the Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/fire-in-our-family-home?ssid=798194977&pos=1

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A house fire in Lumby late Sunday morning is being investigated by RCMP.

Nine Lumby firefighters, with aid from Lavington crews, were called to the Grandview Avenue blaze at 11:30 am.

“When I arrived, there was lots of smoke coming out of the basement and windows,” said Lumby fire chief Tony Clayton.

Two residents were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

“They were trying to combat it with hoses,” said Clayton.

Due to the nature of the call, fire crews had to wait until BC Hydro crews arrived before they could battle the blaze.

RCMP are investigating the fire.

Damage is estimated to be around $75,000, but the majority of damage is to the basement where the fire originated. The rest of the home sustained smoke and water damage.

“There’s very little outside damage,” said Clayton.

Occupants of the home, which includes three young children, have been displaced.