Three people were treated for smoke inhalation after a mobile home was destroyed by fire Feb. 7.
“Three tenants were home asleep at the time of the fire and are extremely fortunate to have escaped as there was no working smoke alarm in the mobile home,” says Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Doherty.
The fire occurred around 10:45 p.m. at 3120 Island Highway. When fire crews arrived, thick black smoke was pouring from the single-wide trailer.
“We’re told one of the tenants awoke to the sound of crackling coming from the kitchen area and, on investigation, he found heavy smoke throughout the mobile home, and fire spreading through the kitchen,” said Doherty in a news release.
“The tenant quickly alerted the other two occupants and tried to extinguish the fire, but the flames were too intense.”
Firefighters quickly doused the blaze and contained it from spreading to other nearby trailers.
The three occupants were transported by ambulance to Campbell River Hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation and later released.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation and does not appear to be suspicious.
“This fire is a reminder of the importance of having a working smoke alarm in your home,” Doherty added. “Early detection and notification of fire is your best chance of survival in a situation such as this.”