Suspicious fire burns local resident from house and home

Fire fighters extinguish an early Thursday morning fire that left its resident suffering from smoke inhalation. It was later being investigated as a suspicious fire. Photo courtesy of Revelstoke Fire Rescue Service

One local person was lucky to escape with only minor injuries from a house fire, later deemed suspicious, at their home on the 500 block of Wilson Street early Thursday morning.

Fire Rescue Services Chief Rob Girard said a 911 call at 5:25 am swiftly brought firefighters to the scene.

“Upon arrival fire crews quickly extinguished the fire, located in the rear exterior of the structure,” Girard said in a statement. “Fire crews then began a quick overhaul of the sub-structure of the residence putting out areas that the fire extended into.”

He said the building’s occupant was out of the house by the time the firefighters arrived and was transported to Queen Victoria Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

“Firefighters extinguished and overhauled the fire in just under one hour with no injuries to any of the 17 fire personnel,” Girard said.

Emergency Social Services helped the resident find shelter.

As to the cause of the fire, the fire chief said the fire was suspicious in nature and is under investigation at this time by Fire Inspector Roger Echlin.

This is how it looked after dawn Thursday morning. Photo courtesy of Revelstoke Fire Rescue Service