Chilliwack house fire knocked down by resident’s garden hose

Chilliwack fire crews were called out to a home Monday evening, but they didn’t need to do much when they showed up as someone living there had already attacked the flames with a garden hose.

The Chilliwack Fire Department says it was called to the property along Bedford Parkway at around 6:15 p.m.

Twenty firefighters responded and found “visible smoke” coming from the home when they arrived but not much in the way of flames.

Assistant Chief Andrew Brown tells CityNews while the fire was fully knocked down by the resident and their garden hose, crews still “established a water supply and began overhauling the fire to ensure it was extinguished.”

“There [were] residents at home at the time of the fire, and their efforts using the garden hose to extinguish the fire actually minimized the damage to the home, which enabled them to occupy the home tonight,” he said.

Brown says the person living in the home made a good call attacking the fire the way he did.

“If someone discovers a fire, their first thing should be to call 911 to get fire crews responding as quickly as possible,” he said. “If the fire is small enough and the occupant is able to use an extinguisher to try to extinguish the fire then from a safe location, then it’s okay to do that.

“In this case, the fire was on the exterior of the building so the occupant was able to stay in a safe place while extinguishing the fire.”

Fire crews add, while the cause of the blaze remains unknown, it “appears to be accidental in nature” and likely started on the exterior of the home.

No one was hurt in the fire.

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