There were no injuries during an early morning fire in Rayleigh that has left a family of four without a home.
Kamloops firefighters battled a blaze in a residence on Sabiston Court on Monday, racing to the scene in frigid, -18 C temperatures at about 8:35 a.m. when flames erupted in a bedroom of the house.
An adult female — who was the lone person home at the time of the fire — was outside when she heard the smoke detector go off, said Kamloops Fire Rescue platoon Capt. Wade Lindoff. After hearing the alarm, she went back inside where she discovered the flames. The woman managed to escape the blaze and called 911.
“The fire did spread to most areas of the upstairs of the house,” Lindoff said.
Fire investigators were on scene Monday afternoon, but no cause of the fire has yet been determined.
Lindoff said one family pet remains missing.
By the time firefighters arrived, the house was fully engulfed, with flames showing through the windows and through the roof of one corner of the house, Lindoff said.
“There was significant structural damage, so we pretty much fought it from the outside,” he said.
The fire gutted the top floor of the residence and the main floor sustained water and smoke damage.
A couple and their two sons have been displaced by the fire. Emergency Social Services will provide 72 hours of emergency shelter for the family, Lindoff said.
KFR had four trucks, including a ladder truck, at the scene.
A large plume of grey smoke could be seen billowing straight up into the sky, but firefighters managed to get the blaze under control.
The fire was contained to the single residence and firefighters could be seen attacking flames on the top floor of the structure.
RCMP officers were on scene doing traffic control. A lone ambulance could be found idling a few feet away.