A homeowner’s keen sense of smell and quick reaction from the local volunteer fire department prevented significant damage to a Coldstream home Wednesday.
The owner of a house on Briar Drive was leaving to go downtown around noon when she smelled smoke.
“She was looking around and thought it was coming from the neighbours, that’s when she saw smoke whisking out of the stucco,” said Dave Sturgeon, deputy fire chief with the Coldstream Fire Department.
Firefighters arrived quickly and saw smoke showing from the floor space above the carport. They broke the stucco away and were able to put out the fire with water.
“Basically the whole front deck of the house and carport have to be repaired, as the structure beams were burned out,” said Sturgeon. “If the homeowner had gone downtown, the fire would have kept going up through the floor, would have gone into the house and we would have had a full-blown fire.”
There was no damage done inside the house, though some smoke did get inside.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.