Fire does $30,000 damage to Castlegar home

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
March 9th, 2011

A Castlegar home has an estimated $30,000 in damages after a fire in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

  “A resident woke up, smelling smoke, and called 9-1-1 right away,” said Castlegar fire chief Gerry Rempel. “We got the call around 1 a.m.  “Upon our arrival to the 2500 block of Columbia Avenue, we found a fire in the basement of a two-storey private residence,” he said. “It was extinguished quickly and the fire was limited to the basement, but there was extensive smoke damage to the main floor.”  Rempel said the cause of the fire is not yet known.  “It started in the laundry room, so we’re looking at that, if it had something to do with the dryer, but we’re still trying to pinpoint it,” he said.  Rempel also praised the quick thinking of the resident who called 9-1-1.  “Everybody was out of the house by the time we got there, which was nice,” he said. “That they called so quickly was a big help – it always makes a difference if you call right away when you smell smoke.”  He said no one was injured in the blaze, and 16 firefighters and three fire engines attended.

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