Vernon house fire

A small one-story home is heavily damaged after a fire Saturday morning in Vernon.

Vernon Fire Rescue was called to scene of a home fire in the 2800 block of 35th Street around 10:30 a.m.

“It appears the fire may have started in the bedroom of a small one story home on 35th Street,” said Deputy Chief of Vernon Fire Rescue, Jack Blair.

Blair says the home was known to RCMP from previous criminal infractions but that their initial investigation has brought up nothing criminal in nature.

“The cause is unknown at this time although we don’t think it is suspicious.”

When fire crews arrived the house was already full engulfed.

“When fire crews arrived it was quite involved so they quickly got exposure lines down to protect the houses next-door and then dealt with the fire inside the house where it was then knocked down,” said Blair.

It turns out that no was in the home at the time but conflicting reports of people in the home had fire crews completing a full inspection.

“After it was knocked down the team did a thorough primary and secondary search as it was first reported that there might be someone inside the house.”

He says fortunately no one was injured including his team in this dangerous fire.

“It was a very small older building with sawdust insulation so you can imagine how hard those are to work in,” said Blair.

The home has extensive fire damage to the entire building and contents; fire crews are continuing their investigation.

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