VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A man in a wheelchair had to be rescued after a fire broke out at a home in Vancouver Sunday morning.
Assistant Fire Chief Dan Stroup says the man was staying in the basement suite of the home on East 12th avenue near Clark Drive, and when crews arrived just before 7:00 a.m., they found heavy smoke coming from the building.
“It was upgraded to a second alarm … we had some challenges gaining access, but they were able to conduct a primary search at all three levels and get the all-clear.”
The man experienced minor smoke inhalation, according to Stroup.
He adds several other people who lived in the home will have to find other accommodations.
BREAKING: @VanFireRescue crews have rescued a man in a wheelchair from a second alarm fire on E 13th ave.
Fire operations still underway. A number of persons displaced.
— Fire Chief Darrell Reid (@FireChiefReid) April 5, 2020
Stroup says another two-alarm fire broke out on Main Street about three hours earlier, in what was a tiring morning.
“It is a difficult time for all and all first responders and our medical personnel,” he says.
He says fire investigators will be looking at both spots to figure out what caused the fires.