Chimney fire calls crews to quick action

A chimney fire threatened a Rossland household last week, but was contained to the attic by local fire crews.

A chimney fire threatened a Rossland household last week, but thanks to the quick response of local firefighters, it was stopped at the attic.

The emergency call was received at 10:43 p.m. and the fire crews were there within 10 minutes.

Members of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue had to be scrambled from Rossland, Warfield and Trail.

By 12:29 a.m. the fire was under control.

Regional fire chief Terry Martin said the fire began in the chimney and extended into the attic space, where it was then contained.

“The homeowners had their wood stove stoked up for the night and around 10:30, the wife noticed or heard some crackling noise,” Martin said. “When they went to investigate, the fire was coming through the ceiling to the exterior roof.”

Martin said it was a small fire so the homeowners tried to extinguish it with a dry chemical fire extinguisher, but were unsuccessful. At the same time they called 911 for help.

The fire department arrived — eight members from Rossland, seven from Warfield and three from Trail — and were able to contain the fire to the area right around the chimney where it exits the roof, with little smoke or water damage to the rest of the house.

“There is enough damage on the house itself that they’re going to have substantial repairs, because it’s on the roof,” Martin said. “We had to cut a few holes because the fire was extending through the roof portion itself. It was contained to that area and the folks are being looked after by their insurance company.”

The fire crew had to get on the roof by ladder and that’s where they cut the holes around the chimney. They then accessed the roof from inside, because there was a space of about eight to ten inches between the exterior roof and the ceiling on the inside that the fire was travelling along.

“So we had to get to and make sure it wasn’t moving any further,” he said.

Martin said the fire was accidental and was likely caused by sparks dripping down the roof.

“It was a cedar shake roof which started the fire,” he added. “So it was probably burning for some time before the folks noticed it, because the wife heard the crackling and then they investigated it and saw the little bit of flame coming through the ceiling into the interior of the house.”

 

Just Posted

Lemon Creek fuel truck driver gets $20,000 fine

Danny LaSante was sentenced in Nelson court today

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

South Slocan woman killed in Friday crash

Police continue to investigate cause of fatal crash

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Province announces $23 million for upgrades at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District Board has yet to review the provincial proposal

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Most Read