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Man in wheelchair rescued from Vancouver house fire

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Apr 5, 2020 at 2:42 pm PST

FILE (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Two fires broke out in Vancouver this morning, including one where a man in a wheelchair needed to be rescued

Several people have been displaced

The Assistant Fire Chief says fire investigators will be looking at both spots to figure out what caused the fires

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.

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.