Cause of Cranberry Street fire undetermined

It is unknown what caused a fire on Cranberry Street which resulted in minor injuries to an occupant.

The Kitimat Fire Department sourced the fire which burned down a mobile home on Cranberry Street to a spot underneath the trailer in a far corner, but extensive fire damage has ultimately meant the cause of the blaze will go unknown.

“Looks like the fire potentially started in or around the skirting and potentially underneath the trailer, so [it was] burning up in to the contents,” said deputy Fire Chief Pete Bizarro.

One of two persona in the home was treated for minor injuries, however two of five dogs in the home didn’t make it out.

The fire broke out on November 30 at around 7:20 p.m.

Crews from the fire department responded with a ladder truck and were on scene for approximately three hours. Upon arrival, the mobile home was fully involved. An adjacent shop structure was saved from sustaining fire damage.

Eleven firefighters and two chief officers responded along with personnel from the District of Kitimat Public Works Department, BC Hydro, Pacific Northern Gas and the RCMP.

“Due to the fact that there was substantial structure damage, at this point it’s undetermined,” said Bizarro.

He said an investigator from the homeowner’s insurance company would also come up to do their own investigation.

Meanwhile the fire department did come up to some unanticipated challenges which they were able to easily work around during the fire.

Namely that two fire hydrants didn’t work for them and an additional fire truck from the fire hall had to be called down to provide back-up water.

“We were unable to get water. Not sure what the cause was,” said Bizarro, adding that District staff were called in to fix the problem before they left the scene.

A hydrant on Quatsino Boulevard worked and provided water, and Bizarro said those technical challenges didn’t impact fire suppression, and that there is usually some unanticipated challenge on any call out.

“From a bystander’s perspective it’s tough to hear these issues,” he said, but added, “That’s what we do and that’s what we’re trained for…It’s all about how you manage these problems.”

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Image courtesy CDC
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kitamaat Village

Haisla Nation Council said there are two confirmed cases they are aware of at this time

A coal-fired power plant seen through dense smog from the window of an electric bullet train south of Beijing, December 2016. China has continued to increase thermal coal production and power generation, adding to greenhouse gas emissions that are already the world’s largest. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
LNG featured at B.C. energy industry, climate change conference

Hydrogen, nuclear, carbon capture needed for Canada’s net-zero goal

Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital took in two COVID-19 patients from Northern Health as part of a provincial agreement. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria hospital takes in two COVID-19 patients from Northern Health

Royal Jubilee Hospital takes patients as part of provincial transport network

An aerial shot of Cedar Valley Lodge this past August, LNG Canada’s newest accommodation for workers. This is where several employees are isolating after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared on Nov. 19. (Photo courtesy of LNG Canada)
52 positive COVID-19 cases now associated with LNG Canada site outbreak

Eight cases still active, 44 considered recovered

The Kitimat River in July. (Clare Rayment photo)
Good News, Kitimat!

Bringing some local good news to your week

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Another 694 diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. Thursday

Three more health care outbreaks, 12 deaths

A demonstrator wears representations of sea lice outside the Fisheries and Oceans Canada offices in downtown Vancouver Sept. 24, demanding more action on the Cohen Commission recommendations to protect wild Fraser River sockeye. (Quinn Bender photo)
First Nations renew call to revoke salmon farm licences

Leadership council implores use of precautionary principle in Discovery Islands

Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps poses for a photo with his parents Amanda Sully and Adam Deschamps in this undated handout photo. Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps was the first baby in Canada to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy through Ontario’s newborn screening program. The test was added to the program six days before he was born. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Children’s Hospital Eastern Ontario *MANDATORY CREDIT*
First newborn tested for spinal muscular atrophy in Canada hits new milestones

‘If Aidan had been born any earlier or anywhere else our story would be quite different’

(Pixabay)
Canadians’ mental health has deteriorated with the second wave, study finds

Increased substance use one of the ways people are coping

An RCMP officer confers with military rescuers outside their Cormorant helicopter near Bridesville, B.C. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Photo courtesy of RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey
Good Samaritan helped Kootenay police nab, rescue suspect which drew armed forces response

Midway RCMP said a Good Samaritan helped track the suspect, then brought the arresting officer dry socks

People line up at a COVID-19 assessment centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Toronto and Peel region continue to be in lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccine approval could be days away as pressures mount on health-care system

Many health officials in regions across the country have reported increasing pressures on hospitals

(Needpix.com)
Pandemic has ‘exacerbated’ concerns for B.C. children and youth with special needs: report

Pandemic worsened an already patchwork system, representative says

Most Read