By TIFFANY CRAWFORD, VANCOUVER SUN
METRO VANCOUVER — Five Surrey residents are displaced from their home for the holidays after a fire destroyed a house early Wednesday morning.
Surrey fire battalion chief Reo Jerome said firefighters were called out shortly before 1 a.m. to a house in the 12500-block of 90 Avenue.
Jerome said four members of a family, and one tenant living in the house all escaped unharmed, thanks to smoke alarms on two floors.
He said while firefighters don’t yet know the cause of the fire, they believe it had been smouldering for some time in the floorboards between the first and second level.
In total, 21 firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. No one was injured.
Jerome said there is extensive damage to the house, and the residents will not be able to return for some time. He said all five had found accommodation with relatives and neighbours.
“This is a good news story.” said Jerome early Wednesday. “Thankfully they had working smoke alarms on both floors and were able to get out of the house in time.”
Surrey Fire and Rescue will investigate to determine a cause.