- The fire broke out close to East 41st Avenue and Earles Street; two additional household members were wounded.
- Probers suppose the fire began in the basement suite of the residence on East 41st Avenue.
The fire killed household members in East Avenue:
According to Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, a kid was among three individuals killed Sunday morning in a home fire in East Vancouver that also wounded two individuals from the same household.
The fire began at 7:30 a.m., with probers stating it probably formed in the basement suite of the detached house around the corner of East 41st Avenue and Earles Street.
The three individuals killed were from three ages of the same household — a grandfather, a mother, and a kid under ten years old. The two individuals wounded were the father and grandmother of the kid, with the father suffering severe burns.
“We send our heartfelt consolations and sincere thoughts of sympathy to the family,” stated Vancouver Fire Chief Karen Fry at a press conference on Sunday afternoon. Source – cbc.ca
Neighbour William Lam stated he took out the trash and noticed yellow warning tape up in the alley but didn’t know what had occurred.
“The grandmother and grandfather I know, and his lad, sometimes we would say hi. So terrible,” stated Lam while holding back tears. Source – cbc.ca
Smoke spewed from the burned house amid a downpour mid-morning. A whole place was shrouded in ash and soot and cracked windows. The fire department stated around 40 firefighters and other emergency responders tackled the fire at East 41st Avenue and Earles Street.
“The fire was extremely vast and devastating,” stated Fry. “At this time, we don’t know the size of the smoke warnings and whether they were working or not.” Source – cbc.ca