Fire destroys family's home in Kitsumkalum

John Crawford
12/17/2019

A Kitsumkalum family escaped injury, but lost all their belongings as their home went up in flames Monday night.

Terrace Fire Chief John Klie says the call came in just after six o'clock, with multiple reports of a house fire on Spokeshute Road.

"We responded with our fire truck, automatic aid came from Thornhill Fire Department, we had two fire trucks rolling right away, and we had 15 members out there fighting the fire; there was damage throughout the whole house, heavy heavy fire damage in the roof area so once it gets up through the roof it's very hard to get the fire out so they were lucky -- it sounds like the parents were home, there were five people in the house and when the fire started, they were able to get themselves and all the kids out of the house so everybody got out safely," he explained.

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[Photos courtesy Damian Bohn]

The occupants were taken to Mills Memorial Hospital as a precaution, and were treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Klie says it's believed that it started outside the residence, possibly near a propane cylinder on the property. 

But he says it's not considered suspicious.

 

The Kitsumkalum Facebook page says fundraising for the Miller family will take place during this year's Kitsumkalum Community Christmas Dinner and Kids Christmas Party this Friday evening -- see below.

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