Update: Fire crews work to extinguish Rossland house fire
Fire crews from Rossland, Trail and Warfield responded to a structure fire on Maple Crescent, in the South East part of Rossland Tuesday afternoon.
It took almost an hour and a half to get the blaze under control.
Members of companies 1,3 and 4 were called in at 2:26 p.m. and arrived on the scene at 2:43 p.m.
Crews worked to douse the smoldering flames that were hidden below the roof.
“At this point we still don’t have a cause,” said Terry Martin, regional fire chief. “We know that the fire started in the third bay of that garage, but we don’t have what caused the actual fire at this point.”
The extent of the damage to the house, 2613 Maple Crescent, looked to be relegated to the area above the garage, though officials at the scene confirmed that there was likely a lot of water damage throughout the home.
Neighbours and those in the area watched with concern as the house let out plumes of smoke and there were numerous calls to 911 which described explosions in the house.
Martin said these may have been canisters of spray paint or propane exploding from the heat.
“We think that may have been the cause for the folks hearing the explosion,” he said.
Fire crews used a hole above the garage to fire water through, while also spraying the roof to cool it down. Each time they sprayed it, steam would engulf the building in clouds and smoke.
One of the occupants, a boy who’d been watching TV in the house was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue. Martin said they hope to have some more information today on what may have caused the fire.
In total, 8 firefighters from Rossland, 3 from Warfield and eight from Trail responded to the incident.
Fire crews from all over the area were called in to put out a house fire in Rossland this afternoon.
The neighbourhood around the home, 2613 Maple Crescent, was shrouded in smoke as neighbours watched fire crews work to get at the smouldering flames below the garage roof.
The fire followed an explosion in the garage.