On February 4th at approximately 9:00 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 46000 block of Russell Rd. Fire crews from Halls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered heavy smoke and flames showing from a 5-unit townhouse complex.
Crews established a water supply from a nearby hydrant and initiated a defensive attack on the quickly spreading fire. The majority of the fire was knocked down within an hour of the arrival of fire crews; firefighters remained on scene until mid-afternoon completing overhaul operations.
The unit of origin sustained heavy fire and smoke damage, while the adjacent units in the complex received light/moderate fire, smoke and water damage.
The Chilliwack Emergency Support Services team was deployed to the scene and provided short term essential needs to 11 of the displaced occupants and a number of pets. Strata representatives were present at the scene and it is unclear as to when occupants will be able to re-occupy the complex.
The Chilliwack Salvation Army responded to the scene to provide nourishment to responders and the Chilliwack School District provided a bus for displaced occupants to stay warm and dry.
There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported at this fire.
The cause of this fire is currently under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Officials.