An early morning fire at a residence on Loschinski Road, about five kilometers west of town near the Bell Pole Road intersection with the Trans-Canada Highway, brought a major response from Revelstoke Fire Rescue.
Twenty-three personnel with two fire trucks, a water tender, Ladder 6 and two command trucks spent four hours subduing the fire, Fire Chief Rob Girard said in a statement.
“Upon arrival fire crews quickly attacked the fire from the exterior and shortly thereafter an interior attack team entered the structure… (but) were forced to exit the residence because of the rapidly changing fire conditions,” he said.
The two occupants of the residence were out of the building when fire crews first arrived on scene and were treated for smoke inhalation. However, firefighters were unable to locate the family cat.
“It was a tricky fire for our crews as this residence is at the outer limits of our Fire Protection Area within the CSRD where there are no fire hydrants,” Girard said, adding that “essentially we used 10 loads of water using our water Tender which slows the process.”
Emergency Social Services helped the two residents find lodging.
Girard said the fire may have originated at “the oil furnace and the because the fire is within the CSRD, it will be further investigated (by) CSRD Fire Services Coordinator Kenn Mount. Fortunately, the residents had a working smoke alarm and Girard reminded the community that every one should have a working smoke alarm at all times.
“It’s a sound we all can live,” he said.
Here are a few photos of the fire: