Saturday, August 30, 2008

West side fire leaves family facing extensive damage to their home

A fire on Beach Place on the west side of the city last week, left a local family looking to rebuild their home and lives. The Daily News had some background on the fire in their August 21 paper.

Fire wipes out Beach Place home
By Kris Schumacher
The Daily News
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Page one

A housefire on Beach Place Tuesday night forced a family of three to evacuate the residence and caused excessive damage to the home.

The Prince Rupert Fire Department, assisted by the Prince Rupert RCMP and B. C. Ambulance Service, responded to a call of a fire in a residence on Beach Place at 10:22 p.m. Tuesday evening.

A family of three and their dog got out of the home safely, and it took a total of 10 firefighters approximately one hour to get the blaze under control.

“It was a tough fight because it was on multiple floors,” said Deputy Chief Dave McKenzie.

“It was a house with a suite in the basement, and we had fire in the basement and the top floor with no fire in the middle floor.”

Concerned neighbours were quick to offer the displaced people clothing and a place to stay for the evening, as smoke billowed out of the Westside home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but investigators said there is no suspicion of arson.

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