No one was injured after a house fire on Thompson Road in Beaver Creek.
The Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Department was called to a fire in the vicinity of a motorhome at 8:38 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, but this fire quickly spread to the house, Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Mike Kobus said. A shed near the motorhome was already gone by the time fire crews arrived.
Fire crews from Port Alberni, Cherry Creek and Sproat Lake were also called to assist, and B.C. Ambulance paramedics were on scene as well. Port Alberni’s ladder truck arrived at 10:45 a.m. to put out some hot spots on the roof, which had by then collapsed. “It (ladder truck) worked out well considering how high the flames went into the trees,” Kobus said.
All three occupants of the home made it out safely.
Thompson Road was closed to traffic for several hours as the fire was extinguished. Beaver Creek VFD members returned to the home the same evening and sprayed foam on the site to ensure no other hot spots reignited.
Kobus said the fire burned so hot and the motorhome was destroyed, so a cause of the fire has not been determined. The homeowner said there was no power source hooked up to the motorhome.
This was the second house fire in two days in the Alberni Valley, after a home on Eighth Avenue was destroyed by fire just a day earlier.