Fire Reported in West Vancouver Thrice in Three Days

A third fire related incident was reported in Lower Mainland in as many days, although this time it was an expensive home in the British Properties area of West Vancouver that went up in flames. Assistant Fire Chief, Martin Ernst, mentioned that “about 1:30 this morning we were called to a large structure fire on Chelsea Close,” while adding that “it’s a large home, corner lot and it’s probably about 4,000 square feet. There are multi-million dollar homes up here, for sure.”

The crew speculated that the home seemed to be undergoing renovations, so there wasn’t anyone inside the house at the time of fire. The crew succeeded in keeping the fire restricted from spreading to other houses. Ernst mentioned that “there is a construction bin in the driveway and we weren’t a hundred percent sure what was inside.” He added that “we weren’t able to get inside so we declared this a defensive fire right from the start. That means no firefighters went inside. It was simply too dangerous, structurally, to enter.”

Speaking about the two other big fires called in yesterday and the day before that, Ernst alleged that winter is always a busy time of year for firefighters. He mentioned that “it’s always a trend up during the holiday season and we can attribute it sometimes to candles being unattended.” Furthermore, it was added that “more people are cooking dinners and heating systems can be an issue. The weather is colder, so we trend up during the winter months and usually during Christmas time.”

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