Scene of the fire’s aftermath the following morning, Feb. 14. The Fire Department believes the fire started at the rear of the carport, the investigation is still ongoing. (Natalia Balcerzak/Photo)

UPDATE: Family safe after house caught on fire in Terrace

Neighbours say they heard loud popping sounds around 9:20 p.m. on Pheasant St.

Emergency crews attended to a late-night house fire in Terrace on Feb. 13.

At approximately 9:20 p.m., witnesses say they heard explosions and saw the corner property at Pheasant St. and Walsh Ave. in flames.

“I heard a pop… all of a sudden, I see there were lights flashing. I saw that the neighbour’s house was on fire,” says neighbour Sam Baca, who lives nearby.

A family of four was home at the time and all were able to get out of the house safely.

John Klie, Terrace fire chief, says their investigation has deemed the cause of the fire as undetermined.

“We’re pretty sure the fire started at the back of the carport, but we couldn’t figure out what started it,” says Klie. “We couldn’t find anything that caused the fire… There were no gas tanks, no lawnmowers, no snow blowers, nothing was plugged in — we just can’t figure this one out.”

Other witnesses say they saw the fire start in the garage, where a red Toyota pickup could be seen engulfed in flames. Klie says that the reported popping noise was likely from the tires and airbag from the vehicle.

The Terrace Fire Department had two fire trucks and 11 people at the scene. Firefighters were able to put out the fire by approximately 10 p.m. Most of the damage was visible to the attached side garage on the property and part of the fence. The house itself did not catch fire but some smoke did get in through the vents.

The family is expected to return within two weeks after the damage is repaired.

Although the investigation is over and classified as unsuspicious, members of the public are still asked to phone the fire department at 250-638-4734 if they’ve witnessed anything related to the fire.


 


natalia@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

A family of four was at home when the fire started but all were able to get out safely. (Natalia Balcerzak/Photo)

(Natalia Balcerzak/Photo)

(Natalia Balcerzak/Photo)

(Natalia Balcerzak/Photo)

(Natalia Balcerzak/Photo)

Just Posted

Repen: FOI data proves Telkwans being ripped off by ICBC

Former Telkwa mayor received a response from ICBC and says the results don’t look good for residents

Fires still burning near Telegraph Creek

BC Wildfire Service assures residents of a proactive plan heading into wildfire season

Northwest entrepreneurs pitch their plans for cash prizes

ThriveNorth announces 12 finalists in this year’s business challenge

Gas prices spike in northern B.C. ahead of the long weekend

Fuel went up 17 cents overnight in Prince Rupert

Stellar musicians, performers recognized at 54th Pacific Northwest Music Festival

More than 150 awards, scholarships given out to Northwest B.C. participants

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

Most Read