A paramedic checks on one of the residents who was home at the time of the fire. (Tracy Holmes photo)

Two to hospital following blaze at South Surrey home

Upper bedroom was ‘totally consumed’ in fire at house in 14500-block of 17 Avenue

Two people were taken to hospital following a early-afternoon house fire in South Surrey Monday.

Crews from six firehalls were dispatched to the 14500-block of 17 Avenue – just west of the South Surrey Indoor Pool – at around 12:30 p.m.

When they arrived, there were “full flames, smoke, super-heated upstairs,” Battalion Chief Brian Carmichael told Peace Arch News.

“This was what we would call a working house fire. The one bedroom upstairs has been consumed.”

Seven people call the blue, two-storey house home. While there initially was concern for the tenant whose room was destroyed in the fire, it was quickly determined that just two people were home at the time the blaze broke out, and both were able to escape.

Both were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

PAN reporter Aaron Hinks was the second resident home when the fire broke out. He fled the house barefoot, with only the clothes he was wearing and his cellphone.

Hinks, 28, described the scene inside the house as “crazy.” He said he was in his first-floor room when the homeowner “just comes running into the room, ‘Aaron, Aaron, Aaron, help,’” he said.

The homeowner was scrambling to throw buckets of water on the fire, Hinks said, but, after trying to help for a short while – each time getting hit with “a wave of smoke” when the bedroom door was opened – he quickly realized they had to get out.

“I had to drag her out,” Hinks said.

Carmichael told PAN shortly before 1:30 p.m. that a fire investigator was already on the scene to try and determine cause. He did not know when the residents would be able to return home.

 

Firefighters on scene in South Surrey Monday afternoon. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Emergency crews outside a home in the 14500-block of 17 Avenue, following a late-morning fire Monday. (Tracy Holmes photo)

Just Posted

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Air quality advisory continues in the Lower Mainland

Smoke from Interior fires brings fine particulate

Eagle tree cut down in South Surrey for ‘The Eagles’ development

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

TONIGHT: Grand finale of Concerts at the Pier

East Beach event set to begin at 7 p.m.

VIDEO: Burnouts in the Sky returns in honour of Bradley McPherson

Annual car show returns for first time since McPherson’s killer was convicted

‘We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

44 drownings so far this year in B.C.

Lifesaving Society urging caution to prevent deaths while on lakes, oceans and in pools

Some of B.C.’s air quality levels worse than Jodhpur, India

Okanagan, northern B.C. seeing some of the worst air quality globally

VIDEO: Ground crews keep a close eye on largest B.C. wildfire

Originally estimated to be 79,192 hectares, officials said more accurate mapping shows smaller size

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Canadians believe in immigration but concerned about asylum seekers: study

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada paid for study to understand Canadian attitudes

Most Read