This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
A vicious fire engulfed two homes and caused considerable water damage to a third on late Tuesday evening in Panorama Hills. During their battle with the blaze, firefighters prevented a fourth home to go up in flames. The fire ignited from 202 Panamount St. N.W. a short while after 10 p.m. 14-year-old Julie Tian, who was sleeping in the second home that caught fire, reported that “we heard the alarm from their house,” and “we all just ran out.” Julie and her family were able to get out safely.
Fire officials revealed that 11 people were present in the first home at the time fire ignited, all of which escaped safely though only one was treated for smoke inhalation. Battalion Chief, John Cherweniuk, reported that firefighters were alerted at about 10:20 p.m. and upon arrival found the home at 202 Panamount fully engulfed in flames. According to Julie, the blaze initiated in her neighbour’s basement and caused so damage to her home that its roof collapsed, leaving it uninhabitable. The third house hit by the blaze sustained substantial water damage as firefighters hosed it down to stop the flames from spreading. Cherweniuk claims that his crew was able to prevent the blaze to reach the fourth home.
Several neighbours were outside in their pyjamas to watch the blaze, across the street from Capt. Nichola Goddard School. Firefighters managed to control the fire till around 11:15 p.m., after which crews put out hot spots. Roads into the location were blocked off by police.