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Weekend blaze in downtown core

Castlegar Source
By Castlegar Source
April 7th, 2010

Good Friday wasn’t good for eveybody this year, as sirens filled the downtown core on April 2.

Fire chief Gerry Rempel said the department got the call at just after 1:30 p.m., responding to a home in the 500 block of 6th Avenue.

“The fire was contained it the living room, and there’s some smoke damage,” he said. “One of the occupants called it in, but they were in the basement suite, so they don’t know what caused it.”

The cause of the fire is unknown, and the investigation continues. No one was injured.

This, after a March 23 conflagration saw a mobile home in Robson burned down. No one was injured in that fire, either.

Rempel said he is, though, concerned about the cost in man-hours and resources going up in flames as the department responds to illegal backyard burns.

“We had to go and put one out that had roofing materials and tar in it,” he said. “People get carried away, and things get carried to an extreme.”

He said residents must have a permit, yer round, for anything larger than a campfire …and even with a permit, they can only burn yard waste like leaves and grass clippings.

For more information, call the fire department’s non-emergency line at 20-365-3266.

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