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REPORTING · 29th August 2014
Walter McFarlane
At 11:35 Pm, the Kitimat Fire Department responded to an Attic Fire at 91 Lillooet, last night, Thursday, August 28th.

“The affected structure was an attached multi-family duplex. Fire was contained to the attic space with no extension to the attached or adjacent unit,” said Fire Chief Trent Bossance. “One engine, one ladder truck and an ambulance with a total nine firefighters and three chief officers responded. Crews were on scene for approximately three hours.”

There were no injuries reported to the occupants. While the Kitimat Fire Department has yet to determine the cause of the fire, they know it started in the attic, in the trusses. The Damage was contained to the attic although there is some water damage.

“A quick response from those shifts saved those buildings,” said Bossance.

The Kitimat Fire Department is reminding people to make sure they have working smoke alarms.

“The other thing I’d like to stress is getting building permits. If you are getting any renovations to your house or shop or any of your structures, we strongly recommend that you get a building permit. That way, it helps follow a process,” said Bossance.

He expressed it is a tracking device for the fire department to learn how some fires get started. Bossance stated if you plan on doing renovations, come by the District of Kitimat Offices and talk to the Building Inspector. He added there were renovations taking place on the house which were underway or had been completed.

Finally, to add closure to Wednesday’s Duff Fire, the Fire Department has concluded there is connection between the Duff Fire and the smoke on Smith Street the week before. They determined the duff fire had been burning for at least a week.

“It could be as simple as a cigarette but, it gets dropped and it smoulders into what we call the duff,” said Bossance.