A fatal house fire in Kitsilano has claimed the life of a 55-year-old man.
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) says in an email that the blaze took place on February 16, just after 8 pm, at a home in the 2000 blocks of West 10th Avenue.
Crews were first alerted to reports of a structure fire. Inside the building at the time was a 55-year-old mobility-impaired man, with reported burns on his body.
VFRS says that although he was rescued, the man later passed away in hospital due to his injuries.
Fire investigators say that the cause of the fire has been determined to be smokers’ material.
“Smoking-related fires continue to be the leading cause of fire fatalities in Vancouver and have amounted to over $22-million in fire losses from 2011 to 2019,” says the VFRS. “We offer our deepest condolences to the family and community affected by this loss.”