Labour Day house fire causes ‘significant damage’: Pley

A three alarm house fire early on Sept. 7 heavily damaged a home and multiple outbuildings.

An early morning Labour Day house fire gutted a home and significantly damaged multiple outbuildings at Sixth Avenue and Montrose Street.

“There’s significant damage to the house, outbuildings and neighbour’s outbuildings,” said Port Alberni Fire Department Chief Tim Pley. The blaze was called in by a passerby at 2:44 a.m.

“The people inside woke up to the fire outside the window and smoke in the house,” Pley said.

“The house is heavily damaged.”

Two elderly occupants and their dog got out safely and stayed with a neighbour overnight, Pley added. The house was insured and the cause has not yet been determined.

Speaking at 3:45 a.m., Pley said that it looked like the blaze had started in the oubuildings and then spread to the house.

“It started outside the building by the looks of it, in the shed and spread to the main house,” said  Pley. The cause is currently undertermined for the fire which triggered an automatic mutual aid response from the Sproat Lake and Beaver Creek volunteer fire departments. A truck each from each voluteer department came to support the three PAFD trucks on scene.

The fire spread into the attic and fire crews were pushed out of the building, said Pley, only able to re-enter when the roof was off.

“It relieves the pressure, gives the fire and smoke a place to go,” Pley said.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

twitter.com/alberninews

Just Posted

Language revitalization pole to stay in Port Alberni

Strong community interest leads to change of plans, says First Nations Education Foundation

Salmon Fest derby ticket wins Alberni man $1,000

The last winner of the 48th Port Alberni Salmon Festival has finally… Continue reading

VIDEO: Frequent closures on only highway in and out of Tofino-Ucluelet expected to continue until Summer of 2020

“We’ve had 400 blasts to date and moved nearly 90,000 cubic metres of material.”

Man stabbed in Port Alberni park

RCMP dog team called out to search for attacker

Alberni business nominated for two Ecostar awards

Second year for Social Root Consulting to be nominated in Social Impact category

VIDEO: Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

It was the second protester shot since the demonstrations began in early June

Sportsnet fires Don Cherry after negative comments about immigrants

Don Cherry had said immigrants don’t wear poppies like other Canadians do

Trudeau’s new cabinet: Gender parity because it’s 2019? Or due to competence?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon appoint his new cabinet

Canada among three G20 countries least likely to hit emissions targets

It says Canada, South Korea and Australia are the farthest off

Conservatives’ Scheer wants Trudeau to open Parliament Nov. 25

That’s five days after Justin Trudeau is scheduled to swear in a new cabinet

Last remaining Centurion tank from the Korean War makes its journey ‘home’ to B.C.

Tank arrives in B.C. the day before Remembrance Day after a more than 4,500-kilometre transfer

‘Your vehicle burns a lot of fuel:’ Victoria drivers wake up to angry notes

‘This handbill was left on your vehicle because your vehicle burns a lot of fuel,’ notes read

Canadians mark Remembrance Day this morning

This year exactly 101 years to the day after the end of the First World War

Devils strike early, hang on for 2-1 win over Canucks

Vancouver now 0-8-3 in last 11 games versus New Jersey

Most Read