Several residents left homeless after two-alarm fire in Burnaby

Jun 5 2018, 4:20 am

A two-alarm fire has taken the homes of several Burnaby residents.

The incident took place on June 2, 2018, when the Burnaby Fire Department received a call just before midnight.

When crews arrived on the scene of a fourplex in Royal Oak Avenue, they found heavy fire and smoke showing in the roof of the building.

Shortly after initial crews arrived, they called for a second alarm. In total, there were 32 firefighters on scene.

The fourplex consisted of two upper and lower units, which created a challenge in safely clearing the building.

Luckily, all occupants were evacuated out of their homes and there were no injuries to either citizens or firefighters.

At the time, the Burnaby Fire Department was unable to determine the cause of the fire. RCMP has stepped in and is currently investigating.

According to Dean Samson, Deputy of Operations at the Burnaby Fire Department, although several have been left homeless, the owner of the fourplex had a home next door. Most people have been taken care of as far as temporary accommodations.

Samson comments that call volume to the Burnaby Fire Department has increased since last summer, although he clarifies that the department receives calls for incidents other than fires.

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