Apartment 302 is in ruins following a fire Tuesday night at a 14-unit complex on 7th Ave. The resident’s cat died in the blaze.

Families flee apartment fire

A dozen families are searching for new accommodations after fire forced them out of their apartments Tuesday night.

A dozen families are searching for new accommodations after fire forced them out of their apartments Tuesday night.

“I feel bad for them, my tenants are important,” said Leila Duncan, who handles property management at the four-storey apartment located at 826-7th Ave.

It was shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday when fire crews responded to the blaze in unit 302. The tenant apparently had left something cooking on the stove and had fallen asleep when the fire started. When firefighters arrived, flames were engulfing the unit, venting out the back patio door and extending to the fourth floor balcony.

“The crew captain immediately initiated an exterior knock down of the flames while the other crew members made entry into the building to search for tenants and to make an interior attack on the fire,” said Fire Chief Dean Spry.

The resident in 302 made it out of her unit, but her pet cat did not and died in the fire.

The woman was suffering from smoke inhalation and was found in the hallway by a man visiting another apartment. He managed to get her outside to safety and she was taken to hospital where she was treated and later released.

But the drama wasn’t over.

A man and his young daughter, also on the third floor, couldn’t make it out due to the smoke and retreated to the balcony. They were rescued by firefighters who extended a ladder to the balcony.

Twenty-five firefighters, from both fire halls, fought the blaze and managed to contain it to the one apartment which was gutted. However, many of the other apartments were damaged by smoke and water, and residents cannot return until restorations are completed. A city bus was brought up to the complex which the 24 residents used as a temporary shelter. They were later taken to a nearby motel to spend the next few nights.

But Duncan is concerned about where they will go next. Many of the residents are on social

assistance and it is believed that none of them had renter’s insurance on their belongings.

“I feel badly for that family,” said Duncan, after speaking to a First Nations man and his wife outside the apartment the next day. “They’re really nice people and they were taking care of their grandparents.”

The fire is also a blow to the property owner who invested a considerable amount of money to renovate the building over the past two years. Twelve of the 14 units had been completely renovated with new flooring, fixtures, appliances and fresh paint. Residents were able to return to retrieve clothing and personal items, but it’s unknown when they can return.

Just Posted

Chinook fishery not ‘closed’ in area is message from guides

Conservative MP Calkins comes to Campbell River hear fishing stakeholders’ concerns

UPDATE: Fire crews suppress smouldering fire on Highway 19 north of Campbell River

Wildfire reached .25 hectares, according to BC Wildfire Service

Strathcona Regional District won’t cover director’s court costs

Case was concluded June 10, with lawyer saying clients were put up to launching petition

Intertidal walk looks at life on the reef in Campbell River

Biologist Sandra Milligan has been leading walks for 13 years

Residents welcomed to new Habitat for Humanity homes in Campbell River

New homeowners received keys during ceremony at affordable housing development

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

B.C. teen killed by falling tree near Victoria

Second youth also injured in freak incident during field trip at Camp Barnard near Sooke

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

Scorpion gives birth after hitching ride in B.C. woman’s luggage

A Vancouver woman inadvertently brought the animal home from a trip to Cuba

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at B.C. campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

Most Read