A family of six leapt from a third-storey balcony to escape a Newton townhouse fire Tuesday. (File photo)

Surrey family leaps from third-storey balcony to escape fire

It happened at 14555 68th Ave., at 2:55 a.m. A smoke alarm woke them up

A family of six had to leap from a third floor balcony to escape a townhouse fire in Newton early Tuesday morning.

They were awoken by a smoke alarm, Surrey Battalion Chief Spiro Pegios said.

“The smoke alarm absolutely gave early alarm to the family to be able to at least address the situation. Unfortunately it was their front entrance that was impeded by the fire but they had another way of getting out, which was good in this situation for sure.”

Surrey firefighters were alerted at 2:55 a.m. to the blaze, at 14555 68th Ave.

Pegios said several units were involved.

“The family of six heard a smoke alarm and awoke to find fire on the outside of their house. They were unable to vacate the house through the front doors so they went to the back and went to the upstairs in the back of the unit and they jumped from the third floor balcony to the ground below,” he told the Now-Leader.

He said it was a slope, “so there was a hill, so it wasn’t quite as high as it needed to be. But still they had to jump from the balcony onto the ground.”

Pegios said neighbours helped them. “So they escaped. No injuries, maybe minor ankle injuries they were checked for, and they were also being checked for smoke inhalation.”

READ ALSO: Surrey man treated for smoke inhalation after Whalley house fire

Surrey firefighters got the blaze under control “pretty quick,” he said, keeping most of the damage to the exterior of the building with “very minimal” damage to the inside.

“However, the homes are inhabitable,” Pegios noted. “There are two families that have been displaced, six from one and I think four from the other, including one large dog.”

Emergency Support Services is helping them, he said.

An investigator is examining the aftermath. “We don’t know how the fire started at this point in time.”

Pegios said he wasn’t privy to the ages of those who jumped. “A mother and a father and several children.”

On Monday morning, Surrey firefighters fought a fire at a two-storey commercial building in the 10600-block of King George Boulevard.

“Again, unknown at this point in time exactly what the cause is,” Pegios said.

It appears to have started in the common stairwell area landing of the building.

“But fire and smoke got into one of the businesses and when the crews got there, when they breached the door there was pretty good smoke and fire involvement and they extinguished it. We didn’t allow any spread.”

There were no injuries.



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

fireSurrey

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP looking to identify Fleetwood robbery suspect

Alleged incident happened in the 15900-block of Fraser Highway, police say

PHOTOS: Sold-out Surrey party raises $1.35M in ‘Celebration of Care’ at hospital

Hollywood-style event attracted close to 700 people to Aria Convention Centre

Surrey reduces cab business licence fees to match ride-hailing industry

Meantime, Surrey Board of Trade petition asks government to remove ‘archaic’ taxi boundaries

New book rounds up stories about landmark Surrey diner

Springenatic family marks 60 years of Round Up Café ownership

Streaking Surrey Eagles forward Tellier named to BCHL all-star team

The Quebec native scored 71 points this season

VIDEO: Feds warned agricultural sector near ‘tipping point’ due to blockades

Canadian Federation of Agriculture points to lack of propane and feed due to Coastal GasLink dispute

B.C. terminates contract with hospice society refusing assisted death

Delta Hospice Society loses hospital service fund of $1.5 million

UPDATE: 14 arrested at blocked rail line in northern B.C., police say

But a Gitxsan hereditary chief says 14 were arrested, as fight over natural gas pipeline continues

Hospital parking fees needed, but changes to payment system possible, health minister says

B.C. health minister Adrian Dix says hospital parking doesn’t need to be so stressful

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

Murder suspect arrested after allegedly throwing rocks at cars near Golden Ears Bridge

Ridge Meadows RCMP arrest man with Canada-wide warrant for murder charge out of Edmonton

IHOP to host seventh annual National Pancake Day

IHOP will be offering free short-stack pancakes in support of BC Children’s Hospital on Tuesday

Do you talk to your spouse about money? 42% of Canadians don’t, poll suggests

Politics, sex, religion top list of taboo subjects for Canadians

Most Read