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REPORTING · 8th August 2014
Walter McFarlane
The Kitimat Fire Department was out on BC Day responding to a structure Fire at 1454 Nalabila at 11:30 PM, Monday Night. One occupant was taken to hospital with some moderate smoke inhalation.

“One apartment was fully involved on the ground floor, […] which extended up to the second floor, a second apartment right above it. Crews managed to contain it to the two apartments and it didn’t spread to any of the other apartments fire wise. Smoke damage to a couple of the other apartments,” said Fire Chief, Trent Bossence.

There was significant fire and smoke damage to the lower apartment and there is significant smoke damage and some fire damage to the second story building. The crews got to the building quick enough to contain the fire with. They used a number of tactics to contain the fire which they used. The fire had managed to get into some tricky spots.

The cause of the fire was undetermined and the Fire Department is bringing in some specialists to determine the cause of it. They know it started in the Kitchen although the cause is unknown.

“The crews that responded did very well,” said Bossence. He stated there was limited manpower to come in to fight the fire.

How do you prevent Kitchen fires?

“Make sure the oven and stove are turned off when you’re done using them. It’s easy to leave a pot of boiling water or whatever on your stove. I think that we’ve all probably done it once or twice in our lives where you forget to turn it off or you don’t turn it off completely,” said Bossence.

He advised people not to leave anything on their stove top when and keep it clean so if a burner is left on, it’s not going to catch anything on fire.

The Kitimat Fire Department is reminding people to make sure they have a working smoke detector in their home.

“It’s something that we take for granted, that we forget about, but it’s really a simple process, a simple device that can literally save your life. My safety tip to everybody is to definitelycheck your smoke alarms, check your smoke detectors, replace the batteries and make sure they’re working,” said Bossence.